- Athens: AdVenture SA and the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, 2021.
- 34 x 25 cm
- 384 pages
- ISBN: 9786185555092
- ISBN: 9786185555092
Price: $130.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 136675
Recipient of the Academy of Athens Award in the 2nd Class for Literature and the Fine Arts of 2022
A special edition for the 200 years after the Greek War of Independence
The publication History Has a Face - Figures of 1821 in Othonian Greece by the Belgian Diplomat Benjamin Mary presents 125 unpublished drawings of 320 exceptional individuals from the album of the Belgian diplomat and artist Benjamin Mary (1792-1846). This volume constitutes a landmark in the portrayal of fighters, politicians, clergymen and ordinary people, bringing to light previously unknown images that enrich Greek history.
The reader is transported to the Greece of King Otto, about 20 years after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence. There we meet the figures of the time and become spectators of the work undertaken by the National Assembly of 1843-1844, when modern Greece acquired its new constitution after the Revolution of the 3rd of September 1843.
This book is a facsimile edition of the album containing more than 300 drawings- portraits of Greeks having fought during the War of Independence and taken in the years 1839-1844 by Mary, the first Belgian diplomatic envoy to Greece during the reign of King Otto. The portraits include most of the members of the National Assembly of 1843-1844, as well as many of the spectators of the sittings of this assembly. The book includes biographical notices for all the people identified by the research team, and long introductions on Marys life and work, the political situation in Greece in the years 1839-1844, the National Assembly, Marys visit to Cyprus in 1845, finally the historical and artistic value of the album.
Co-published by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece
Research - Texts: Charikleia G. Dimacopoulou, Dimitra Koukiou, Leonora Navari, Yorgos Tzedopoulos, Iphigenia Vogiatzi, Maria Yiouroukou
Watch the promotional vidoe for History Has a Face here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPMsdd9Y04c.