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The Wood Breaker

The Wood Breaker is a full-body marble sculpture of a man in the nude.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1872 The sculptor begins to fashion the master, which was completed in two years.

    1875 Presentation of the plaster master at Olympia.

    1902 Presentation of the marble statue.

    1910 The statue is vandalized painted with red colour.

    1912 The statue is mutilated.

    1914 The statue is attacked with stones.

    1997 Year of the most recent conservation attempt by the Antiquity Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture.

  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

Τhe “Wood Breaker” is a 1.10-metre, full-body marble sculpture of a man in the nude, captured at the precise moment he is attempting to break a stick of wood, using his left foot as a point of resistance and applying pressure with his hands. The statue is in an open-leg position, which lends it a sense of balance. It is strongly realistic and vividly rendering the anatomical features and facial expression of the man and capturing his struggle in an exceptional way. The painter’s model was Ioannis Giannoulis, a coach of the National Gymnastics Association. Despite its characteristic classicist elements, sculptor Dimitris Filippotis (1829-1919), drew inspiration from daily life, making art that shunned the emphatic monumentality of classicist art.

What I can't see

The sculpture was originally placed in the Russian Church Square, but its naked form caused uproar among the puritan society of the period. It was subsequently vandalized, many times. There is a poignant story behind the making of the statue. The artist was believed to have finished it 25 years after he made the first plaster cast and despite the fact that by then he had gone nearly blind. The artist would open his workshop on May Day Eve every year and place candles around the sculpture as a symbolic, personal gesture of mourning for his own physical decline.


  • Address: V. Konstantinou & Herodou Attikou St.


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