March, 2022

202231Mar14:1015:20Queen Olga in pink: On the authorship of a royal portrait at the Benaki Museum14:10 - 15:20

Queen Olga

Event Details

A lecture by Dr George Manginis
Academic director of the Benaki Museum

When: Thursday, March 31 | 14:10 – 15:20

Where: 6th Level Auditorium

Organized by: the Art History Society 


About the event

A beautifully painted yet somewhat saccharine portrait of young Queen Olga of Greece has been hanging for over seventy years at the Benaki Museum. It was donated by Mary Karolou, daughter-in-law of the Queen’s private secretary and biographer Julia Karolou. Heretofore, the artist’s signature on the portrait had remained undeciphered. Thanks to the portrait’s inclusion in a recent exhibition, an attribution was made possible. This lecture will introduce the exciting life of the artist who painted the rosy-cheeked Queen and will weave together the lives of four women between the 1870s and the 1950s.