The Unknown Form of the Virgin Mary – Exhibition at the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, by Rosângela Vig

Rosângela Vig is a Visual Artist and Teacher of Art History.

It is a great and beautiful thing to see a drama unfold with this vastness in which art powerfully develops nature.; a drama where the action moves to a conclusion with a steady, easy walk, no diffusion and no throttling; finally a drama in which the poet fully fulfills the multiple purpose of art, which is to open to the spectator a double horizon, to illuminate at the same time the interior and the exterior of men; abroad through speeches and actions; the interior, for asides and monologues; Cross, in a word, in the same frame, the drama of life and the drama of conscience. (HUGO, 2007, p.69, 70)


Perhaps only through Art can human beings bring the inner light they need so much to make a better world.. The look is illuminated by the beautiful work and such rapture sensitizes your being. Art promotes an awakening of sensations that snatch the most indifferent of beings and arouse deep emotions in them., bringing them out. So it is in all fields where the creative spirit works., whether in the art of poetry; whether in the art of painting.

And sensitivity is present in the solo exhibition of iconographic works by artist Eleni Antonakaki. The charm of his work refers to the works of Middle Ages, to Byzantine Art, with paintings of the Virgin Mary. The exhibition was titled Unknown Figures of the Virgin Mary. The opening was in 8 August and was attended by the Archbishop of Crete, Mr. Evgenios; and will remain until 15 August 2022, no Museu Nikos Kazantzakis, in Heraclitus, city ​​of greece.

Painter of many icons and murals, of different sizes and dimensions, the artist has works in churches such as that of Agia Varvara; and the Church of Agios Dimitrios Kato Nevrokopi; as well as exhibitions in halls of cultural events and the Athens War Museum. Just before the Feast of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum opened its doors to images of the Virgin, da artista Eleni.

The representation of religious figures, also called iconography requires not only the attention that Art demands, but all the symbology of every detail; requires patience, discipline and knowledge of Art History. Among the items of the religious work are the large eyes symbolizing the vision they had of great spirits.; the enlarged head which indicates wisdom; the elongated and narrow nose, due to lack of understanding of the earthly world.

The face of this great biblical character is portrayed by the artist with a serene and kind look, just like Lucas, the Evangelist caught him for the first time. Your lit face has almond eyes, delicate nose and small mouth. Adorned by her inner robes in shades of blue and green, his divinity is accentuated by the dark red outer robes. Embellished with fringes on the sleeves, symbolizing the virtues, his robe still has folds that lead to the idea of ​​a spiritual pulse. The signs of virginity are represented by three golden stars on the shoulders and head..  

For the artist, human beings are transferred to an ideal world through the eyes of the Virgin Mary.. impeccably painted, Eleni's works perfectly present the effects of shadow and light and for the artist, it is through the eyes of the Virgin that the soul is led to the ideal world.

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  2. HUGO, Victor. From the Grotesque and the Sublime. São Paulo: Perspective Publisher, 2007.
  3. SCHILLER, Friedrich. A Educação Estética do Homem. São Paulo: Ed. Iluminuras, 2002.


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