Hadjimichael's Ulysses brings Iphigenia will auction for $211,000


2015-06-26 13:30:17


Hadjimichael's Ulysses brings Iphigenia will auction for $211,000

Theofilos Hadjimichael's Ulysses brings Iphigenia is top lot in Bonhams' Greek Sale

Bonhams will hold its Greek Sale on November 26 in London, showcasing the finest in Greek art, with Theofilos Hadjimichael's (1871-1934)Ulysses brings Iphigenia expected to see the highest bids.

Theofilus Greek art UlyssesIn the Iliad, Ulysses takes Iphigenia to a temple to be sacrificed to ease the wrath of the goddess Artemis

The painting's full title is "Ulysses brings Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon, to the High Priest Kalhas for her to be sacrificed to the God Apollo," and portrays a key moment in Homer's Iliad.

A fantastic example of Greek art steeped in national history, it will sell with a 120,000-180,000 ($140,500-211,000).

According to Bonhams, "to his contemporaries, Theofilos was a true Greek painter. The Greek Nobel prize winning poets, Sefaris and Elytis, considered him the artist who gave expression to the face of Greece."

Also starring is Theofilos' Achilles' Revenge, another work that depicts a scene from the Iliad. With the artist consciously echoing the work of Homer, it is expected to make between 100,000 and 150,000 ($175,908-117,272).

Achilles reappears as the central character in Alexos Fassianos' Achilles Temper, a piece exhibited at the Mythologies of Everyday Life show in Athens in 2004.

Fassianos (b. 1935) is one of Greece's most famous artists, having carried out more than 70 exhibitions across the world since 1959. The present work is valued at 30,000-50,000 ($35,181-58,635).

"All the major Greek artists are represented with high quality works which not only go to the heart of what it means to be Greek but also delve deep into the past to illuminate the present," commented Bonhams' Olympia Pappa.

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