Ideal portrait

acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 cm
1996

Just because we have broken their statues, /just because we have driven them out of their temples, /the gods did not die because of this at all. /O Ionian land, it is you they still love, /it is you their souls still remember. /When an August morning dawns upon you /a vigor from their life moves through your air; /and at times an ethereal youthful figure, /indistinct, in rapid stride, /crosses over your hills.

Constantine P. Cavafy, Ionian Song