VENIA DIMITRAKOPOULOU Bas-Relief #1 of Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) 2001 - x +

CN: DimV2001ven1

MT: fired clay in wooden frame (40x31x5 / F:50x40x2)

ED: 2/20

TX: inscribed with marker at rear lower center in Greek <Venia Dimitrakopoulou 2001 / 2/20>

LN: Mrs. Venia Dimitrakopoulou - 2007

LC: ACG - Attica Tradition Educational Foundation, Athens

CM: Venia Dimitrakopoulou received the important commission to draw and create three relief busts of the politician Eleftherios Venizelos for the Athens International Airport. The busts were initially presented in 2001 at the exhibition organized by the National Research Foundation 'Eleftherios Venizelos' in cooperation with the Benaki Museum at the opening ceremony of the Venizelos Airport, and are actually exposed in two different locations at its V.I.P. lounges.

Eleftherios Venizelos was brother of the artist's great grandmother, and the three bas-reliefs were commissioned to Dimitrakopoulou from his grandson, Lefteris Venizelos. The first portrait is a three quarters pose, and close to what the artist feels about the personality of Venizelos; a vague sadness for his political vision, which had not led to fruition. The second portrait is a nearly frontal pose - quite a difficult technique in terms of portraiture in relief - and is the picture by which people identify Venizelos, a leader who looks at the public in the eye, inspiring people trust and optimism. Finally, the third portrait is a nerly profile pose, which reveals Venizelos as a family man, in his role as a grandfather as it was made of a photograph in which Venizelos is holding his grandson on his knees.

[Megakles Rogakos 04/2007]