The Siiq, path to Petra, Buenos Aires, summer 2015. Painting, Oil on canvas. Size: 39.4 W x 39.4 H in (100 W x 100 H cm). © 2014 Florencia San Martin Brück/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
It seems no work of Man’s creative hand, by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone! Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine, where erst Athena held her rites divine; Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane, that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain; But rose-red as if the blush of dawn, that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn; The hues of youth upon a brow of woe, which Man deemed old two thousand years ago, Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time. John William Burgon