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by Panagiotis Mastrantonis
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The role of the brig (or brick) was essential to the Greek naval war effort of 1821-1829. Its main characteristics were it's maneuverability and... more
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The role of the brig (or brick) was essential to the Greek naval war effort of 1821-1829. Its main characteristics were it's maneuverability and speed even with a moderate wind, due to the height of its masts & sails, and were to be proven crucial in naval battles time and time again.
The Greeks had already improved it's design and rigging in order to face and escape from the high-speed pirate ships but also from the English warships, when during the Napoleonic Wars they would defy the British naval blockades and supply French ports, mainly Marseille, with grain and wheat.
Artwork #12 from the collection of miniatures "The evolution of the Greek sailing vessels from the 16th to the 19th century".
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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...