The first periodical exhibition of the new National Gallery brings its collaboration with the Louvre Museum and at the same time inaugurates for the public a new room of 2000sqm.
When we turn the phone on ourselves, and take a selfie, what do we really do? We claim a share in immortality. Before the sweeping advent of technology, and the discovery of photography, this piece of immortality could be claimed through portraiture. Bust, miniature, painting, jewelry: the depiction of important or not figures, takes different manifestations in the course of history, manifestations that define and are determined by socio-political and topographical conditions of each era.
The historical exploration of the significance of the portrait and its social dimension is the main axis of the exhibition "SEARCHING FOR ATHANASIA - THE ART OF PORTRAIT IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LOUVROS" which will be hosted at the New National Gallery from November 29.
This is clearly seen in the sections that structure the report:
- FOREWORD - The mask, a forerunner of the portrait
- THE PORTRAIT-MEMORY -Offering the image of the ruler to the god as an expression of reverence
- ANCIENT FUNERAL PORTRAITS - They aim to keep the image of the dead alive
LATEST FUNERAL PORTRAITS, GENTLEMEN AND HEROES- Between idealization and realism
- PERSONS OF POWER- From Hammurabi, to Alexander the Great (copy from the bust of Lysippus), to the Roman emperor Caracalla, to the French kings, to Louis XIV, Bonaparte on the Bridge of Arcoli by Gro, and the posthumous Dorcas Orleans ", a masterpiece by Engr
- INTERMETZO 1: FROM THE COINS TO THE CIGARETTE, THE PROPOSAL OF PORTRAIT- Valuable small crafts with the portrait in portable form
for personal use
- WOMEN IN POWER- From the time of the Pharaohs, in the courtyard of the Maria-Anna of Hapsburg in Spain to the portraits of Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette
- INTERMETZO 2- Luxurious box, which belonged to Louis XVI. Contains 48 portraits of the great personalities of French history
- THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT: POETS, AUTHORS, PHILOSOPHERS- The section gives us the image of the spiritual man, from the archetypal bust of Homer to the portrait of Antonio de Covarubias by Greco. And from the French philosophers of the Enlightenment Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, to Balzac
- CODES AND TRAINS FOR MEN
COMMUNITIES AND ORIGINALS- A rich collection of paintings with formal portraits from the courtyards of Europe, from the Renaissance and Baroque to the triumph of urban portrait in the 19th century
- EPILOGUE / WOMEN PORTRAITS, COMMUNITY AND UNIQUE-Various portraits of women represent beauty and elegance in different eras. From Veronese's masterpiece with "Beautiful Nanny" to "Aphrodite with Love", a rare work by Rembrandt, depicting his partner as a goddess
More than 100 works were selected from the Louvre collections to come to Athens, and to capture the difficulty of the project we stand on the data presented by the director of the National Gallery Marina Lambraki-Plaka: the insurance value of a single work may exceed EUR 20 million. The exhibition is organized, not chronologically, but around the different functions attributed to the portrait over time, to arrive at its fourth and final part concerning the democratization of the portrait. Emphasis was not placed on the harmonization of works, as many times in contrast to them.
The exhibition "SEARCHING FOR ATHANASIA - THE ART OF PORTRAIT IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LOUVRE" comes in the aftermath of the exhibition "Paris / Athens" which was inaugurated at the Louvre Museum to commemorate the XNUMXth anniversary of the start of the Struggle for the National Independence of Greece.