Benedetto Civiletti (1845 – 1899)
Constantinos Kanaris and his Helmsman, 1873
Bronze, H. 46 cm, L. 43 cm, W. 33 cm
© The Thanassis and Marina Martinos Collection
Two men in a small boat are heading towards the Turkish fleet.
The helmsman rests on the shoulder of Kanaris, the most important fire ship captain of the Greek Revolution, with his finger pointing at the target. The faces of the Heroes show their determination and absolute dedication to their goal.
Creates a sculptural composition, where the people’s faces and bodies demonstrate the focus on the goal and the intensity of the difficult moment
→ Find out some of Kanaris’ achievements that made him stand out as one of the most famous heroes of the 1821 Revolution.
→ Do you remember the adventures and difficulties that Odysseus experienced at sea?
→ Which other heroes, who traveled by boat, do you know from history and mythology?
CONNECTION TO EVERYDAY HEROES
…And he gave your ship a thousand wings to run…
“Constantine Kanaris,” Aristotelis Valaoritis, Other Poems, 1872-1878
People, modern Heroes, are forced to leave their homes, their friends and their family to cross the sea, in search of a better life.
Look for images from current news, depicting such scenes.
Do you notice their facial expressions?
Can you tell their story?