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For these we fought: Antiquities and the Greek Revolution



For these we fought: Antiquities and the Greek Revolution


12 February–20 July 2020

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Twenty-six selected antiquities (22 marble sculptures and reliefs, 2 clay vessels, 2 bronze figurines) from the collections of the National Archaeological Museum are presented in an eclectic “dialogue” with 26 newer works of the 18th and 19th centuries, mostly by European authors: 8 paintings (oil paintings and watercolours), 11 solo engravings, 4 illustrated editions and 3 works of decorative arts, temporary loans from the Library and the Collection of Works of Art of the Hellenic Parliament, the National History Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Athens City Museum– Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation, the National Gallery–Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the Stephan Adler Collection as well as the Michalis and Dimitra Varkarakis Collection. The exhibition focuses on the multifaceted relationship of the Greek people with antiquities, as it was formed from the late 18th century onwards, culminating in the revolutionary decade of the 1820s, reaching until the founding of the Greek state and the middle of the 19th century.

(Edited and translated description of press release)

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