Euthymius Zigabenus’ Commentary on the Epistles has been published only once in history, by Nikiforos Kalogeras in 1887, and I want to honour him for the work he did in making his edition of the commentary available in print, without which my current project would be almost impossible.
The 3 Oil Paintings
–Painting from the Φιλεκπαιδευτική Εταιρεία
–Painting from the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School
–Painting from the University of Athens
To read about how I learned about Nikiforos Kalogeras, please go here.
(NOTE as of October 18, 2022: The biography has been translated and is currently being edited by me and a few others close to me. I hope to have it fully polished within the next two weeks, but we will see.)
How I found the original source of his biography will be explained in a future post that will be linked here afterwards.
The 3 Oil Paintings
There are 3 oil paintings of Nikiforos Kalogeras that have been collected by the Institute for Neohellenic Research (Ινστιτούτο Νεοελληνικών Ερευνών) for the Modern Greek Visual Prosopography project. Here is a brief description of that project from the previous link:
The Modern Greek Visual Prosopography is a collection of more than 12,000 digitized portraits of Greek men and women who have attained distinction in every sphere of life, from the fall of Constantinople (1453) to the present day (living individuals not included).
The 3 oil paintings are the following:
- A portrait from the Φιλεκπαιδευτική Εταιρεία (Society for Promoting Education and Learning) painted by Γεώργιος Ροϊλός in (probably) 1889.
- A portrait from the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School painted by an unknown artist in 1895.
- A portrait from the University of Athens painted by Βύρων Κοντόπουλος (year of painting unknown).
(NOTE: On the Pandektis site for each of the paintings, change the language to Greek to be able to read the full body of information; the English version is missing almost everything that pertains to the individual portraits.)
Painting from the Φιλεκπαιδευτική Εταιρεία
The below portrait was painted by Γεώργιος Ροϊλός. It was most likely painted in 1889, as the plaque indicates, to inaugurate the beginning of Nikiforos Kalogeras’ presidency of the Φιλεκπαιδευτική Εταιρεία. He was president from 1889-1895.
The painting is located on the 1st floor of the Administrative Offices of the Φιλεκπαιδευτική Εταιρεία at Κοκκώνη 18, Π. Ψυχικό 154 52, Greece.
For the story of how I acquired the full resolution image, see here.
In the top left of the framed painting, you can see the signature of Γεώργιος Ροϊλός:
Painting from the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School
This portrait was painted by an unknown artist in 1895.
The painting is located in the hall with the works of art of the Rizarios Foundation at Βασιλίσσης Σοφίας 51, Athens, 106 76, Greece.
In the bottom left, you can see written the name Νικηφόρος Καλογεράς, identifying the subject of the painting:
Painting from the University of Athens
This portrait was painted by Βύρων Κοντόπουλος, but the year is unknown.
The painting is located in the Hall of Ceremonies (Αίθουσα Τελετών) at the University of Athens at Πανεπιστημίου 30, Athens 106 79, Greece.
The plaque that identifies the painting in the Hall of Ceremonies reads: