Heroes of the 1821 Revolution adorn National Garden in the center of Athens

The open-air exhibition in Athens titled ‘History Has A Face’ is already in progress in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence, according to greekreporter.com. As of February 8, the portraits of 22 heroes of the 1821 Revolution adorn the National Garden wall facing Vasilissis Sofias Avenue. The exhibition is one of the many celebratory projects in Greece and other parts of the globe for the 200th Anniversary of the 1821 Revolution. The project is in cooperation with the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, the National Historical Museum, and the Municipality of Athens. The open-air event presents 22 portraits among the 320 unique faces sketched by Benjamin Mary (1792-1846), a Belgian diplomatic representative in Greece. The portraits were drawn chiefly in Athens, between 1839 and 1844. They are exhibited for the first time, introducing known and unknown faces of the Greek War of Independence. Through the sensitive and penetrating gaze of a European artist, fighters, politicians, priests, scholars, philhellenes, and everyday people are portrayed by Benjamin Mary. The Belgian diplomat had managed to capture expressions in a special moment in history when Greeks went to the liberation war shouting ‘Liberty or Death.’ Among the faces gazing from the National Garden wall are Theodoros Kolokotronis, Nikitaras, Lampros Kountouriotis, Ioannis Makrygiannis, Giannakis Hadjipetrou. Also, George Finlay, Panos Notaras, Kolettis, Nikolaos Petimezas, Markos Botsaris, and others are exhibited. More historical data, as well as information about the depicted persons, are contained in the publication “History has a face – Figures of 1821 in Otto’s Greece.” It is a compilation of Benjamin Mary’s work, published by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Let's block ads! (Why?)