altamura

eleni boukoura – the first greek woman painter, who used to dress as a man in order to be able to learn how to paint (something that was not accessible to women back then – 1840). she was sent by her father to study in napels, learning from saverio altamura. she falls in love with him and they have three children together – alessandro, sophia and ioannis. they break up; he moves to england with alessandro and an english actress. she goes back to greece with the other two cildren who soon die of tuberculosis. she grows mad and burns all her belongings. no painting of hers is known to have survived. ioannis, although/because he died very young (twentyeight) is today a painter quoted quite high.

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