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Giannoulis Chalepas “The saint of sculpture”
(1854 – 1938)

A descendant of famous marble sculptors, Giannoulis Chalepas was born in the village of Pyrgos in Tinos, in 1854. The large marble family business had branches in Bucharest, Smyrna, and Piraeus.

Despite his appeal to marble sculpture since when he was a little boy, his father believed that he had to become a good trader, so he sent him to study in Syros. But Giannoulis did not want to compromise with this idea.

From 1869 until 1872 he studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Athens. In 1873, he went to study in Germany (Faculty of Fine Arts, in Munich) with a scholarship from the Holy Foundation of Evangelistria and was an apprentice of the classicist sculptor Max Ritter Widmann.

Reviews for his works such as “The Tale of Sleeping Beauty” or “Satyr playing with Eros” were triumphant. But he was forced to return to Athens because his scholarship was interrupted.

In 1876 he works in Athens in his own studio, in Syntagma Square.

In the winter of 1877, the first signs of mental illness began coming up and he will suffer throughout his lifetime. His confinement in the public mental hospital in Corfu, lasted 14 years.

In 1877, he created the famous piece of art of Greek sculpture, “Sleeping Beauty.” This magnificent work is placed on the grave of Afentaki’s daughter, in the First Cemetery of Athens. It is rumored that the cause of the attack from his mental illness had to do with the unspoken love for her.

In 1902, and after his father's death, who had insisted on his confinement, his mother takes him out of the mental hospital and takes him with her to Tinos. However, she believes that art led her son to madness, and therefore, she forbids him explicitly to deal with sculpture again. There were even cases in which, he tried to make works with clay or charcoal that his mother immediately destroyed.

In 1916 his mother dies. Then, alone and very poor he is looking after sheep. The stigma of “the fool of the village” is persecuting him but he finds the will and the courage to return to sculpture after such a long absence. With almost no tools, he obstinately seeks the lost time.

In 1930, his niece, Irene gets her uncle at her home in Athens, where he remained until his death in 1938, 85 years old.

Today only 115 sculptures of G.Chalepas remain, which are divided into three periods of his artistic creation. The first period (1870-1878), dominated by classicism, covers his youth until the onset of his illness, the second (1902-1930) when he has returned to Tinos after his confinement in a mental hospital, the themes and the materials he uses (clay mostly) change, while the third (1930-1938) covers his last years in Athens.

Giannoulis Chalepas managed to “carve” matter, blowing a groundbreaking spiritual life into it. This process could only be worked out within meta-logical frameworks.



Read more here: http://athensfirstcemeteryinenglish.blo ... lepas.html
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“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people, and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.”

“Love is a thousand things, but at the center is a choice. It is a choice to love people. Left to myself, i get quiet and bitter and critical. i get angry. i feel sorry for myself. It is a choice to love people. It is a choice to be kind. It is a choice to be patient, to be honest, to live with grace. i would like to start making better choices.”

“We’re all in this together. It’s okay to be honest. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to say you’re stuck, or that you’re haunted or that you can’t begin to let go. We can all relate to those things. Screw the stigma that says otherwise. Break the silence and break the cycle, for you are more than just your pain. You are not alone. And people need other people.”

“More than anything, my wish for you is this: That when your awful darkest days come, you will know you’re not alone. Pain will tell you to keep quiet, but that’s a lie. Life is fragile and we all break in different ways. I hope you know you can be honest. I hope you know that you can ask for help. Did you catch that? It is absolutely positively okay to ask for help. It simply means you’re human. Help is real and it is possible; people find it every day.”

“Be loved. Be known. Love people and know people. Be so brave as to raise a hand for help when you need it. Make friends and make sure they know they matter. Be loyal to them and fight for them. Remind them what’s true and invite them to do the same when you forget. If you do some losing or you walk with someone else in their defeat, live with dignity and grace. It is a middle finger to the darkness.”

“We need one another. There’s no reason to judge. People are more fragile than you could possibly imagine.”


― Jamie Tworkowski, If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For
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One of my very favorite English idioms is "once in the blue moon" and while I was trying to find something about it I found this article and thought to share it with you.

Once in a Blue Moon and Other Idioms That Don’t Make Scientific Sense
From “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” to “hard as nails,” several sayings just don’t pass scientific scrutiny
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science- ... -76485092/
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"Fear does not prevent death. Fear prevents life" ~ Naguib Mahfouz
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💜💛Our dear @Meltem once said...

"When you are old and grey and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep."
~ W.B. Yeats
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Sometimes we get confused with them...maybe not after that.😉
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To our dear @nightstar ...

:default_birthday: H A P P Y :bbeatingheart: B I R T H D A Y [loveboat.gif]
You shine so much brightness and joy into the lives of everyone around you.
Thanks for being such an amazing person and friend, and I hope that today on your birthday, some of that brightness shines right back at you!
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🤎🧡A year ago @Meltem, who we greatly missed, said...

"If you truly hold a stone,
you can feel the mountain it came from."
- Mark Nepo
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"May what you do gives you one more wrinkle on your forehead.
One wrinkle less on your soul"
~Odysseas Elytis, The Open Papers (1974)
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Joanne wrote: Fri May 28, 2021 12:17 am “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people, and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.”

“Love is a thousand things, but at the center is a choice. It is a choice to love people. Left to myself, i get quiet and bitter and critical. i get angry. i feel sorry for myself. It is a choice to love people. It is a choice to be kind. It is a choice to be patient, to be honest, to live with grace. i would like to start making better choices.”

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“More than anything, my wish for you is this: That when your awful darkest days come, you will know you’re not alone. Pain will tell you to keep quiet, but that’s a lie. Life is fragile and we all break in different ways. I hope you know you can be honest. I hope you know that you can ask for help. Did you catch that? It is absolutely positively okay to ask for help. It simply means you’re human. Help is real and it is possible; people find it every day.”

“Be loved. Be known. Love people and know people. Be so brave as to raise a hand for help when you need it. Make friends and make sure they know they matter. Be loyal to them and fight for them. Remind them what’s true and invite them to do the same when you forget. If you do some losing or you walk with someone else in their defeat, live with dignity and grace. It is a middle finger to the darkness.”

“We need one another. There’s no reason to judge. People are more fragile than you could possibly imagine.”


― Jamie Tworkowski, If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For
loved each word. Read it twice. Thank you so much heartshower purpleheart tblue heart
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Joanne wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:03 am 🤎🧡A year ago @Meltem, who we greatly missed, said...

"If you truly hold a stone,
you can feel the mountain it came from."
- Mark Nepo
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She is always in my heart and mind. She taught me so much things, brought kindness wisdom humor passion love and many many things to my life. She had a great impact on my life. The words you shared where 😢💔
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