BARBARA NAHMAD Maria and Ari, Venezia 2006 = - x +

CN: NahB2006vene

MT: oil and enamel on canvas (90x110)

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #171

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2006

LC: ACG - Presidential Residence

CM: Barbara Nahmad's Maria and Ari, Venezia represents a mythical couple; Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis on their visit to Venice. It is important to note that the source for this painting was a paparazzi photograph taken at the Excelsior in September 1957, a time when the love affair between Callas and Onassis was just beginning to unfold and to bloom. Nahmad says that the expression of sensation on Callas' face was caused by Onassis' touch on her, which the original photograph reveals, and this painting insinuates. Maria and Ari, Venezia is a picture evoking pure love and stark feelings. The simplicity of the title goes to suggest that even legendary figures, identifiable by their first names, if not nicknames, are human and have a human side to them.

Maria and Ari, Venezia is part of Barbara Nahmad's well-known Yesterday Now series. Here, the figures are painted in matt black and white tomes - as they were recorded by history and the medium of their times (photography), while the background is painted in a glossy red enamel with but a vague glimpse of the scene in the distance behind them. The red color, carefully chosen to contrast with the couple of figures, evokes an amorous sensation as well as a contemporary feeling of distant purity. Above all Maria and Ari, Venezia is an emotional reminder of a golden period, whose values are ever-inspiring.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

SCIACCALUGA, MAURIZIO; CORREGGIA, FRANCESCO; ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Barbara Nahmad: Yesterday Now 2004 Image Contemporary Art, Arezzo
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens