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Georgios Karaiskakis

Brass equestrian statue of general Georgios Karaiskakis.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )


    1940 The draft was ready for the competition of that year, which did not take place due to the war.

    1963 Finally, the contest was conducted and Michalis Tompros (1889-1974) was the winner.

    1968 Revealed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)


  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)


  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)


  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)


  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)


  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)


  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)


  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)


What I can see

This is the bronze equestrian statue of Georgios Karaiskakis. It depicts Karaiskakis at the moment when he pulls his horse’s reigns forcing it to stand still. In an almost upright position, he points towards the battlefield. The work is uneven, especially when comparing the sculpture of the horse with its rider. The monumental pedestal bears the words of Karaiskakis before he died: “I am dying, but you must reconcile and hold our homeland”.

What I can't see

Georgios Karaiskakis was a major figure of the Greek Revolution of 1821, where he became a general after fighting as an “armatole.” He was impulsive and despite Kolokotronis’ objections, took part in many battles against the Turks even when he was seriously ill. He was killed by a gunshot. The sculpture was commissioned with public funds. It was originally planned to be positioned in front of the big fountain of Zappeio but the decision was controversial and it was eventually moved to its current location on Herodou Atticou Street. 

Info

  • Address: Zappeion

Bibliography

Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική1834-2004 [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor sculpting 1834-2004], Potamos

 

Paparigopoulos K., (1867),  Ιστορία του Ελληνικού Έθνους, 1860-1872, [The History of the Greek Nation, 1860-1872], book 15, Dimaras K. Th., (ed.), (1970), Εstia