Georgios Karaiskakis - Papadimitriou Konstantinos

Papadimitriou Konstantinos (19th century)

Georgios Karaiskakis, 1829

Painted wood, 74 x 19 x 19 cm

Inv. Number Π.6679
On view Nafplion Annex

Konstantinos Papadimitriou was a folk artist who lived and worked in the 19th century. His works include woodcut figures of War-of-Independence fighters in the popular tradition.

“Georgios Karaiskakis” is depicted in a frontal, serene, but also resolute pose, while the colourisation – a characteristic feature of folk art – accentuates the overall realism. The inscription “This statue of the blessed Karaiskakis was carved and painted by the hand of Konstantinos Papadimitriou, hailing from Agrafa, on June 8, 1829” is also characteristic of the folk culture, not only stating the identity of the portrayed figure, but also the artist’s desire to assert that the work was made by a folk, yet named artist.