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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 January 2018
20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Hagia Sophia holy icons restored Forty-five of the 452 icons have been completely restored Experts at the Turkish Culture Ministry’s restoration laboratory are currently restoring 452 historical Byzantine church icons, dating back to the 7th century. The icons had been gathered from different cities across Turkey and have been kept at Hagia Sophia. The historic Byzantine basilica Church was converted into a mosque following the Ottoman occupation in 1453 before it was turned into a museum in 1935. “It is a very important project for us. These icons are historical assets. We need to protect them. So far 45 icons have been restored,” laboratory manager Ali Osman Avşar told Anadolu Agency, explaining that the majority of the icons that have been restored actually belong to the 17th and 18th century. ish the restoration because there is not enough space to display [them] in Hagia Sophia,” Avşar said. “Our experts analysed their paints and the wood they were painted on before beginning the conservation work. They applied fumigation to clear them of harmful bugs and bacteria,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA). Historical icons dating back 100-300 years that had been gathered from different cities and kept at Hagia Sophia are currently being restored at the Istanbul Directorate of Central Lab of Restoration and Conservation. PHOTO: ŞEBNEM COŞKUN/ ANADOLU AGENCY The project has been running under the auspices of the Culture and Tourism Ministry since 2015 and in collaboration with Professor Dr Sema Doğan, an art historian from Ankara’s Hacettepe University. In the meantime Dr Doğan is classifying the icons based on type and era and aims to release a publication after they are restored to their authentic colour and depiction. “We want to exhibit [the icons] in a museum, which will be opened after we fin- Italian icon restoration experts Professor Lorenzo Casametti and Rafaella Greca have joined the team running workshops on how to properly restore icons whilst preserving them. “It is a lengthy project, as it takes time and requires a patient approach so as not to damage the icons. These objects are very important for the Christian world,” Mrs Greca said. Ancient Athenian teenager’s face reconstructed for public display The girl, Avgi meaning Dawn is said to have lived during 7,000 BC The face of Avgi, an 18-yearold girl from 7,000 BC Classical-era ancient Athens has been reconstructed by several medical specialists and will be unveiled at the Acropolis Museum later next week. Avgi – Dawn – was discovered by archaeologist Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika in Theopetra cave, near Trikala, and is the newest reconstruction by a team under Professor of Orthodontics from The University of Athens, Manolis Papgrigorakis. The reconstruction of Avgi’s face involved several medical specialists including an Myrtis is the reconstructed head of a girl that once lived in Classical-era ancient Athens and died during the plague in Athens in the 5th century BC. PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS COPYRIGHT: TILEMAHOS EFTHIMIADIS LICENSE: CC-BY-SA endocrinologist, orthopaedic, neurologist, pathologist and radiologist, reports revealed. The reconstruction greatly expected to enhance current understanding of Greece’s history and culture. Avgi was named after ‘The Dawn of Civilization’ and follows the reconstruction of Myrtis, another ancient Athenian femme who died during the plague in 5th Century BC Athens and was discovered in Keramikos. Mr Papgrigorakis told Nature journal in 2011: “The reconstruction process for Myrtis involved placing markers on the skull, and then forming anatomically correct muscles using clay with the help of Swedish sculptor, Oscar Nilsson.” The facial reconstruction of Myrtis was exhibited in 2010 and met critical acclaim worldwide. Golden Globe Winner recognises Greek heritage during acceptance speech Alexandre Desplat is victorious for his mesmerising work on award-winning Shape of Water Greek film composer Alexandre Desplat won the Golden Globe for Best Score on Guilermo del Toro’s Shape of Water. “When you are 15, 16, you are looking for your roots, trying to find who you are, what legacy is following you,” Mr Desplat said during his acceptance speech. “Of course there is the legacy from the French father, but there was something about the Greek en- vironment around me that was talking to me a lot,” he said. “And I like the sun, the sea, and the benevolence of the Greek people.” This isn’t the first time that Desplat, born in Paris to a French father and Greek mother, has been recognised for his work. In, 2004 he was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on Girl With a Pearl Earring, and was the winner of the Best Original Score for The Painted Veil. He has been nominated nine times for a Golden Globe Best Original Score since 2004. A black dress with a Greek signature shines on the Red Carpet Golden Globe nominee Alison Brie wore a dress designed by Vassilis Zoulias at the politically and emotionally charged awards show In what was one of the most political and emotionally charged awards shows of the season, the 2018 Golden Globes made history for becoming a platform for the Hollywood elite to make a statement about sexual harrassment and gender equality in the industry. It was a rare image to see all the major stars of cinema and television, make an appearance on the red carpet wearing black, with most men sporting the ‘Time’s Up’ pin. What is even rarer, though, was to see a Greek signature on one of the black dresses that stood out. Worn by Alison Brie, who was nominated for her performance in the Netflix show Glow, the long, wavey strapless dress, which incorporated a pair of trousers - which accentuated the feminist tone of the event - was a creation of Athens-based designer Vassilis Zoulias. Speaking to the Greek edition of Marie Claire magazine, Zoulias shared the backstory that led to his name being the answer to the stereotypical question: “Who are you wearing?” It all started when Zoulias met Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the famous pair of fashion photographers, at the wedding of a mutual Greek American friend, for which he had designed the dress. When the designer expressed his wish to have one of his collections photographed by the pair, they invited him to their studio in New York. When he did, his creations gained the attention of Christina Ehrlich, deemed by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ as one of “the 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood”, who happened to stop by the studio on that day. A handful of her clients graced the Golden Globe red carpet on Monday, most notably Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig (whose film Lady Bird won the best motion picture (musical/ comedy) award), Allison Williams, Laura Dern (who also wore a Vassilis Zoulias creation at another event) and of course, Brie, who was voted ‘Best Dressed’ by the popular magazine Us Weekly. Posting the photo of the actress in the Zoulias creation on her own instagram account, Ehrlich commented: “She wears the pants!” Alison Brie on the Golden Globes red carpet, wearing a dress by Vassilis Zoulias.
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