ECONOMOU Ioannis (1860-1931) “Portrait of Michael Avgerinos Averoff”

Portrait of Mihail Avgerinos Averoff

This painting depicts Michael Averoff (1840-1899), son of Avgerinos Averoff and husband of Amalia Lanterer. A personality with a strong political and social presence in late-19th century Athenian life, Michael Averoff is portrayed by Ioannis Economou as imperious and decisive. A painter who was not satisfied solely with imposing a `pose` on the sitter, Economou also sought to interpret the personality in an effort to avoid the idealization that was chief characteristic of the portraiture of that era.