Foundation for the Arts and Music B. & M. Theocharakis

"The scent of woman in the art of Greek painting"

With its grace, beauty, attire, and flowery colours, the female figure has always imparted a noticeable and strong scent to painting. Since the dawn of art, women have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists. The voluptuous forms of the female body, ripe with symbols of fertility and maternity, have been a common foundation for both religion and art, from the prehistoric earth-mother goddesses to Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary.

Moreover, the double-faceted cosmos of women has always fascinated  artists. The cosmos in both the narrow sense of the decorative, and the broad sense, of the character, the customs, the passions and the conditions of women's lives. The cosmos, in the former decorative sense, with its attires, costumes and jewels, which have traditionally been more elaborate for women, was bound to attract artists, especially visual artists. 

The exhibition presents women’s figure in Modern Greek Art through artworks of great Greek painters of the 19th and 20th century, that aims to engage the visitor in a conversation with the artistic creation of this period, to feature women and their unseen interior world, as well as to promote their position in the Greek society.  

The guided tour was conducted by the Director of the National Gallery-Museum of Alexander Soutsos, Mrs. Marina Labraki-Plaka.

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