In recognition of Greece’s celebration of the bicentenary of Greece’s War of Independence, the Louvre Museum has inaugurated an exhibition on display from September 30th of this year to February 7th, 2022. The Louvre exhibition traces the cultural, diplomatic and artistic ties between Greece and France beginning with the first diplomatic relations in the 17th century; thus, showing how the rediscovery of Greek antiquity in literature and in art, as well as the sciences, changed the European view of Greece.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis opened the exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, marking 200 years of Greece’s independence, Monday, September 27th, 2021
In the midst of the Greek War of Independence 1821, Chios, in particular, was met with a disparate response by the oppressor. The famous painting by France’s Eugène Delacroix, entitled “The Massacre of Chios”, was inspired by exactly this massacre of the 20,000 Greek inhabitants of Chios at the hands of the Ottoman troops.