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Time can not be turned back. But often, in the course of her own violence, she makes seemingly unfinished work again. Ruins, signs of decline and decay, always symbolize a new beginning. On the remains of the old can be built new. Ruins have always fascinated people exploring their own history. Starting with the Renaissance, they restored preserved ruins. Later, they even built artificial ruins to decorate their palaces and gardens. Many artists have made pictures of ruins and thus created emblems of historical size.

Heinrich Heine wrote in 1828 from Italy to his friend Eduard von Schenk:
"Here the stones speak and I understand their dumb language. They also seem to feel pretty deep what I think. An old pillar from Roman times ... a weathered gothic pillar, that's what I understand quite well. I'm a ruin myself, walking among ruins, a human ruin. "

The view of ruins reminded Heine that he himself is the creature of a long history. A transient being, but at the same time able to set a sign that time would endure and remain. Looking up at a dilapidated ruin conveys the uplifting sense of presence and the knowledge of being alive.

Ruins testify that things are exposed to the attacks of time and destructiveness - but can resist and outlast. Like the "Parthenon Ruins", painted by Sanford Robinson Gifford, or the "Ruins of Thebes", photographed by John Beasly Greene, they remain signs of a tradition and cultural values ​​that are memorable and eternal.

 
381 | Watercolor on paper

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381 | Watercolor on paper

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Sir John Soane's Rotunda of the ...
Undated | watercolour heightened with white on paper

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Sir John Soane's Rotunda of the ...
0 | watercolour heightened with white on paper

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The Ponte Salario, c.1775
1775 | oilon canvas

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The Ponte Salario, c.1775
1775 | oilon canvas

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1795 | watercolour with some brown ink, over indications in graphite

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1795 | watercolour with some brown ink, over indications in graphite

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The Colosseum, Rome (wc und penc...
Undated | watercolour on laid paper

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The Colosseum, Rome (wc und penc...
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1851 | watercolour on paper

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1851 | watercolour on paper

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Foro Romano
Undated | Oil on canvas

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Foro Romano
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Undated | Oil on canvas

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303 | Watercolor on paper

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303 | Watercolor on paper

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Ruins of the church of Santa Mar...
Undated | pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper

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Ruins of the church of Santa Mar...
0 | pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper

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Undated | coloured engraving

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Whitby Abbey
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Whitby Abbey
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