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Maria Callas

Brass sculpture of the soprano Maria Callas on Madriti Square.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1983 Year of placement.

  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 brass piece by Aspasia Papadoperaki depicts Maria Callas and is considered to be one of the best sculptures in the city. It is 2.10 metres high and placed on an original uneven pedestal. The tectonically and abstractly crafted surface of the body reminds of an ancient column, giving monumentality to the sculpture and highlighting the magnitude of the personality represented. The austerity of the face and the upward look stress her talent, expressing inwardness and invoking moments of apotheosis by audiences.

What I can't see

Maria Callas was a great Greek soprano, world famous as an opera diva. Some of the most significant moments of her career were:

·    1955: “La Traviata” by Verdi, directed by Luchino Visconti at La Scala

·    1956: “Norma” by Bellini Metropolitan Opera in New York.

·    1960: “Medea” at Epidaurus and La Scala

·    1965: “Tosca” at Covent Garden

She died in 1977 in Paris from cardiac failure, the consequence of treatment to a degenerative disease. Her ashes were scattered over the Saronic Gulf.


  • Address: Madriti Sq.


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

National Audiovisual Archive, Μεταφορά της τέφρας της Μαρίας Κάλλας στην Ελλάδα και διασκορπισμός της στο Σαρωνικό Κόλπο., [Transfier of Maria Kallas’ ashes in Greece and their scattering at the Saronic Gulf], D3718,

Last visit 11/11/2013

Divina, the Maria Callas Divina official website,,

Last visit 11/11/2013