CM: Angelos Apergis' The Panhellenic Desire is a wonderful chromolithograph, dominated by the bust of the King of the Hellenes Constantine I (1868-1923), who led the Greco-Turkish War of 1920-1922; his gaze expressing the artwork's title. At that time the panhellenic desire identified with the liberation of Constantinople. Here the legendary City is emblematized by the Christian church of Hagia Sophia, shown in its humiliated form with the Muslim minarets the Ottoman conquerors added to its edges. In the background of the King, on the right enters the picture at full speed the battleship 'Georgios Averoff' while on the right - in a surreal manner - sets the Ottoman Crescent before the mountains in the waters of the Bosphorus. Symbolically in the center of the sky, above the King, who was known as 'The Son of the Eagle', hovers the king of birds holding in his claws the flag of the Greek Navy on a pole capitulating in a golden cross. Apergis' lithograph might have been created in response to an earlier namesake print of the ninenteenteens by leading lithographer of German descent Carl Haupt (1866-1937) known as Panhellenic Desire: The Leaders of the Hellenic Republic, which presented as a central figure that of Eleftherios Venizelos, flanked by other military and political protagonists of Greece, while at the lower part sprawls Constantinople and at the top part presides Hagia Sophia.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens