November 25, 2005

Book on the Athena Statue in the Parthenon

Posted at 6:29 pm in Acropolis

Nashville artist, Louise LeQuire has written a children’s book about the statue of Athena that once sat within the Parthenon. Her own son was the sculptor of the speculative reproduction of the sculpture that fills the interior of Nashville’s copy of the Parthenon.

Nashville Scene



Nashville artist LeQuire is uniquely qualified to write a children’s book about the Athena statue inside the Parthenon: her son, Alan, was the sculptor. It took the younger LeQuire nearly a decade to build the full-scale re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue that once stood on the site of Greek Acropolis. During that time, until its completion in 1990, Louise LeQuire paid frequent visits to see how the massive project was coming, often with her grandchildren in tow. It was their questions about the statue that inspired her to write a children’s book about it. The result is Athena Smiles, in which a young girl learns about the ancient Greek rituals that surrounded the Greek goddess and her towering likeness in the Parthenon. The author/illustrator will sign copies of her book this Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, at LeQuire Gallery, which is owned by son Alan. She’ll have another signing at The Parthenon, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3. —JONATHAN MARX


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