PARIS PREKAS The Archaeologist of Vergina, Manolis Andronikos ca. 1980 [R/F/U] - x +

CN: PreP1980andr

MT: graphite on paper, glazed within original wooden frame (34x24 / P:51x35 / F:60x50x2)

TX: signed at lower right of picture in Greek <P. Prekas>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #203

DN: Mrs. Merope & Christina Preka - 2007

CM: The Archaeologist of Vergina, Manolis Andronikos is Paris Prekas' portrait sketch of the professor after his presentation at the Archaeological Society of his discovery in 1977 in Vergina of the Tomb of Philip II (382 -336 BC), King of Macedonia. At the time the milestone discovery was made Andronikos had said: "I will not exploit my discovery... my vision that became reality... so as to be awarded a Nobel Prize or to become a member of the Academy... Whatever distinction I am offered will be very much inferior to my discovery..." [quoted in the News of the Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection, #11, November 2007, p.7]

Prekas had a passion with history and archaeology. He had met Andronikos and admired him. This portrait in pencil is one of many sketches that Prekas did for a work in oil, that did not materialize. In the present work Andronikos' head is rendered realistically. The Archaeologist of Vergina is oresented as he is broadly known to the world with his characteristically rectangular spectacles, scanty beard and moustache and forehead covered by sparse hair. All of the artist's attention had focused on the face, which is lit sideways by natural light. The rest of the bust is rendered in an especially loose manner in a way that helps accentuate the face. The sketch focuses on the eyes behind the spectacles - piercing eyes that see beyond things. Most important, this particular portrait's success is its eloquence in making the point that an archaeologist must also be a great visionary.

[Megakles Rogakos 03/2007]

<ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens>