Charalambos Pachis

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The Assassination of Ioannis Kapodistrias

Charalambos Pachis (Greek: Χαράλαμπος Παχής; 1844, Corfu – 1891, Corfu) was a Greek painter of the Heptanese school who specialized in landscapes and historical scenes.


Pachis was born in 1844. He was still very young when he was working as a servant for a wealthy Englishman, who saw his work and offered to pay his expenses to study in Italy. At first Pachis attended painting lessons at the Accademia di San Luca[1] and later at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli.[2] Pachis was influenced by the work of Dionysios Tsokos and the philhellenes artists of the 19th century.[3]

After an educational journey to various European cities, he returned to Corfu in 1870, where he taught briefly at the "Kapodistrias School".[2] After that, he established his own private art school. Periklis Tsirigotis, Angelos Giallinas and Georgios Samartzis were among his best-known students.[1] He apparently put together a huge collection of costumes for use in his classes, which he later sold to provide dowries for his daughters, one of whom married Samartzis (his other daughter also married a painter; Spiros Pizanis).

His most famous historical scenes are depictions of the assassination of Kapodistrias, the Dance of Zalongo and the hanging of Gregory V. He also painted portraits, landscapes and illustrations for hagiographic works. He is considered as one of the first painters of the Heptanese School who created landscapes and genre scenes. Pachis' artistic creation also includes the iconography of the Orthodox Greek Church of Durrës.[2]

He was honored with several awards from the Ionian regional government and the Vatican. His major showings include the National Exhibitions at the Zappeion in 1875 and 1888, and the Exposition Universelle (1878).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brief biography @ the National Gallery of Athens.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Painting in Corfu, Annex of Corfu, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum - Ministry of Culture, p. 111.
  3. Νέλλη Μισιρλή, Ελληνική Ζωγραφική, Adam Editions, Athens 1993, p. 211.

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