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Greece The Grateful, the Historic Greek Independence Symbolic Painting, that Tsipras Moved Away from his Office

Posted by moodhacker on March 24, 2018 at 6:50 PM

Greece Τhe Grateful is the painting of the Greek painter Theodoros Vryzakis, created in 1858. It belongs to the archive of the Greek National Gallery.

It is a work of special symbolism, since it portrays Greece in the form of a new crowned woman, in ancient style dress, amidst the 1821 Revolutionary fighters, breaking the chains of slavery from her legs.


Andreas Papandreou, the former popular Prime Minister of Greece (1981-1996) deeply appreciated this symbolism, and since 1982, when the Maximos Mansion was appointed as the Greek PM office, the painting adorned the wall behind the prime minister's seat in his office. Thus, the painting became well-known, through television broadcasts and photographs from the Prime Minister's meetings with Greek politicialns and International leaders. Until 2009, all prime ministers after Andreas Papandreou kept the board in place.

In 2009, George Papandreou replaced the Greece The Grateful historic painting with "The Terrible Field - Delphi" of Greek-American artist Theodoros Stamas, who is considered by the top representatives of abstract expressionism.

The "Underground Field - Delphi" remained in the Prime Minister's office and during the passes from the Maximos Mansion of the Prime Ministers Luke Papademos and Panagiotis Pikrammenos .

In June 2012, with the assumption of the Prime Ministry by Antonis Samaras, the painting of Theodoros Vryzakis returned to the Maximos Mansion, but, only for a limited period of timne , again.


In January 2015, the new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras moved the Greece the Grateful away again, replacing by the painting of Dimosthenis Kokkinidis "Contrast "(1980).

As soon as Tsipras took office in 2015, he announced the moving of the Greek Independence (from Turks) symbolic painting during one of the first interviews he gave as a Prime Minister .

"The new office of SYRIZA's 40-year-old leader has the size of a basketball court in which Alexis Tsipras does not seem to be very familiar yet . Behind his desk we see a painting depicting the goddess Nike. "That will go away," said to us the government spokesman", German journalist Von Schnitzel wrote in the introduction of his interview with the new Greek Prime Minister. " The painting that was about to "leave", according to the words of spokesman. Gabriel Sakellaridis proudly announced to the "Stern" by those days was the great Theodoros Vryzakis, "Greece The Graceful" symbolic painting,(1858), so meaningful for the Greek Pride and the "sight" of Freedom for which Greeks' ancestor fought with

Today 25th of March 2018, in his speech  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent clear messages for Greece’ present for (Greece’s Independence Day from the Ottoman rule) from the island of Psara, hwere he celebrated the National Day .

 “Greece is a pole of stability and guarantor of the stability and the safety in the region and does not allow to anyone to play games that set at risk the normality ” he said and explained “Greece is a country with strong defence, not to threat but to safeguard the peace and stability in the region, to serve the principle of good neighbourly relations”. Ηhe noted that Turkey must stop the illegal actions in the Aegean and respect Greece and Cyprus’ sovereignty rights. To respect the international law. The prime minister said that “our thoughts are with the Greek servicemen that are currently detained in Edirne and we are doing whatever necessary to bring them back to Greece soon”.

photos: 1st from above by @JohnKittmer twitter,

               2nd from above protothema,

               3rd from above tokarfi

               4rth form above: protothema

                5th from above : gazetta

                last from above : OnVolos

sources: (In Greek), το καρφι (tokarfi), wikipedia ,hellasjournal.

Categories: Greek Social Animal , Greece , Politics, Greece and Neighbors

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