/.../On the journey down from Naples the party had fallen in with a couple of Italian youths who offered to act as guides.
At Paestum, where the odd-assorted little band picnicked at noon in the Temple of Hera, the young men expressed their
curiosity as to the identity and occupations of the Americans. Fischer's daughter, who was acting as interpreter, turned
to Rothko and said: "I have told them that you are an artist, and they ask whether you came here to paint the temples,"
to which Rothko replied: "Tell them that I have been painting Greek temples all my life without knowing it."
John Banville on Rothko here