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Marina Karella
Marina in November 2016
Born 17 July 1940 (age 79)
Athens, Kingdom of Greece
Spouse Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (m. 1965)
Issue
Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Mirzayantz
Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia
Father Theodor Karella
Mother Elly Chalikiopoulos
Greek Royal Family
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HM The Queen of Spain
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HRH Prince Michael
Marina, consort of Prince Michael

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Marina Karella (Μαρίνα Καρέλλα; born 17 July 1940[1]) is a renowned Greek artist. She is married to Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.

Early life Edit

Marina born in Athens on 17 July 1940 to industrialists Theodor Karella and Elly Chalikiopoulos into a distinguished Greek family.

Artistic work Edit

In 1960-63 she was attending Athens School of Fine Arts, where she was a student of painters Yannis Tsarouchis and Oskar Kokoschka. She continued her studies at the Ecole des beaux-arts in Paris (1963-65) and at the Kokoschka School in Salzburg.

Marina's carrer started in 1966 when she presented her first painting at the Two Worlds Festival in Italy.

Her work was first exhibited at the Galleria Levi in ​​Milan in 1971. In the 1970s she exhibited at the Gallery Iolas her white paintings, which are now considered one of the most famous pieces of her work. She later worked on plaster, marble, and metal engraving, transferring from painting to sculpture. During her stay in New York in the 1980s, her paintings are characterized as "darker", while her most recent works are portraits or images inspired by nature.

During her successful career, Marina Karella has had exhibitions in various cities around the world, such as New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Brussels, Rome, and London, and her works are exhibited in major museums and institutions. She has had more than thirty solo exhibitions in Greece (Athens, Chania, Thessaloniki) and abroad. In 2005 a retrospective exhibition of her work was organized at the Benaki Museum.

Also noteworthy is her involvement with the scenery and costumes for films and theatrical performances. Amongst others, she collaborated with the well-known sculptor Takis for the performance of Electra (Epidaurus, 1984), Niki de Saint - Phalle for the film Un reve plus long que la nuit (1976), National Theater of Piraeus for the performance of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (1979), Don Juan (1972) and L 'Incoronazione di Poppea (1977).

Marriage Edit

Marina married Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark at the Royal Palace in Athens on 7 February 1965. However, because this marriage is considered non-dynastic, she did not initially acquire thereby the title of 'Princess of Greece and Denmark' nor the style of 'Her Royal Highness', but was referred to as Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.[2]

The couple has two daughters:

She and her husband Michael live in France and in the US, and also maintain a home in Patmos.

Official page Edit

References Edit

  1. Clara National Museum of Women in the Arts
  2. Prince Michael Weds Commoner. The New York Times
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kingdom of Greece. House of Oldenburg
  4. Tigran MIRZAYANTZ. Geneanet
  5. Darius MIRZAYANTZ. Geneanet
  6. Royal Profile: Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, The Prince of Piedmont
  7. Royal Profile: Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke of Abruzzi
  8. Royal Profile: Princess Isabella Vita Marina of Savoy-Aosta
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