CM: According to Lila Angelidou, the Platonic sensibility of art, which is based on the combination of opposite forces, is basically manifest in two characteristic sculptures of classical antiquity - Apollo from the pediment of the temple of Zeus in Olympia and the Charioteer of Delphi. Considering the Charioteer to be one of the most beautiful work in the history of art, she claims his appeal to be founded on the bipolarity of his Doric posture and Ionian embellishment. Without superfluous ornamentation, he wears a fluted chiton and a ribbon on his hair. His gaze focuses fixedly and surely towards victory.
Angelidou created the Charioteer to adorn the cover of the program for the presentation at the National Postgraduate School of Monterey, California, on the theme of The Olympic Spirit, owing to the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, upcoming at the time. Of the surviving artworks that represent athletes of the Olympic games, Angelidou chose the Charioteer, not as an artwork representative of an athlete, but for its unique aesthetic. She believes its Doric beauty to be ideally suited to represent "the Beautiful, the Great and the True" that the Olympic Hymn, with lyrics by Greek poet Kostis Palamas (1859-1943), cites.
This work focuses on the Charioteer's profile, characterized by the straight-looking gaze. Feeling that the colors are in this case redundant, the artist chose a limited palette of absolute black and white, which was engraved in a technique from dark towards light. The Charioteer's head emerges from within a dimensionless darkness and its sculptural surfaces are rendered by bright lines.