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Purchase a tote bag featuring the drawing "Typical Greek Brig of 1821" by Panagiotis Mastrantonis. Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. All seams are double-stitched for added durability. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed on both sides using the same image.
Brigs were the ships that were mostly used by the Greeks to conduct sea trade. These were small vessels with two square-rigged masts, a displacement... more
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Brigs were the ships that were mostly used by the Greeks to conduct sea trade. These were small vessels with two square-rigged masts, a displacement of 250-350 tons and equipped with 8 to 16 cannons to deal with the risk of pirates who then plunged into the Mediterranean Sea.Greek merchant shipping flourished from the second half of the 18th century, favored by the international historical context that allowed Greek merchants and shipowners to engage in international trade. The decisive event was the signing of the Treaty of Kioutsouk Kainartzi in 1774 after the end of the 1st Russian-Turkish War (1768-1774), according to which the Ottomans were obliged to let Greek ships flying the Russian flag sail freely through the Black Sea Straits and trade Russian grain to Western Europe.With the declaration of the 1821 Revolution in the Peloponnese, the same merchant ships turned into war ships, while their until then merchant - captains, such as Miaoulis, Tombazis, Sachtouris, played the leadi...
His love and admiration for the craftsmanship and form of the sailing-ships of the past, coupled with the adventurous & somewhat magical atmosphere of the "age of sail" is what fuels the intriguing work of Panagiotis Mastrantonis. Born in 1940 in Piraeus, Greece and with family roots from the islands of Hydra and Ios, the sea and maritime scenery seems to have had a lasting underlying influence on his creative psyche. After studying freehand drawing at the Art School of George and Eleni Vakalo and architectural drawing at the Athens Technological Institute, he worked as a professional architectural modeler until 1995. Since then he engaged exclusively in drawing his sailing ship portraits, using a unique mixed technique of freehand...