NICOS ZOGRAPHOS Bust Portrait of Ambassador George D. Levides (1857-1933) ca. 1925 Athens [R/F] - x +
ZogN1925levi

CN: ZogN1925levi

MT: graphite and pastel on sepia print paper, mounted on card and glazed within original frame (57x46 / F:70x60x4)

TX: signed with graphite at lower right in Greek <NZographos>

DN: Ms. Lydia Vassiliades - 2006

CM: Having been based on a 1900 portrait by Carl Böhringer [BoeC1900levi], also donated to the ACG Art Collection, the Portrait of Ambassador George D. Levides (1857-1933) presents a rear opportunity to compare and contrast an original photograph with its appropriated version in terms of technique, color, light and size. Zographos must have been commissioned to make this portrait near the time he had arrived in Athens after the Asia Minor crisis, around 1925. George Levides, great grand father of donor Lydia Vassiliades, was Ambassador of Greece in many of the world's capitals, including Alexandria, Constantinople and Saint Petersburg. In this instance the Ambassador is presented dressed in a dark suit against a draped background. The attitude of his face with the prominent moustache and the posture of the pose with shoulders that appear slightly broader than displayed in the original photograph emit the stereotypical impression of an upper-class family man that is sound and reliable. This portrait is heavily painted with pastel perhaps over the trace of a silver print underneath.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

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