The drawing is of a sixteenth century building which has received a second floor in 1738 when it passed into the hands of Christian owners, according to a plaque that once stood above the entrance, bearing a cross and the aforementioned date. The elaborate entrance of carved sandstone is of clearly Gothic style, while the half-opened dilapidated windows suggest abandonment. The artist clearly wants his work to be a testimony of what Cyprus is rapidly loosing. The derelict state in which the building appears represents a cry to restoration and a yearning for the past. Both are revealing of attitudes harboured by the sophisticated urbanized classes towards what they perceive to be their ‘heritage’.
26 x 21 cm
Signed in lower left recto: T.A
Donated by the artist
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