BRILLIANT PAINTING REVEALED AT VERGINA RESTAURANT IN NAPLES, FL
An artistic masterpiece was unveiled this week during a cultural celebration at Vergina Restaurant on Fifth Avenue in Naples Florida.
Artist Nedayborshch Volodymyr, a professor at the Academy of Art and Architecture, traveled from Kiev, Ukraine, to be on hand for the unveiling of his work, a massive 7x27-foot painting titled, The Dramatic Battle of Alexander the Great Against the King of Persia, Darius III.
The work took Volodymyr over three years to complete, and was commissioned by Vergina Restaurant owners Risto Gusterov and Lou Vlasho.
“What a tremendous opportunity to bring my heritage of Macedonia to the Naples community,” Vlasho said of event, which was conducted in cooperation of the Council for International Visitors in Collier and the Leadership Collier Foundation.
The event featured Macedonian music by Dragan Dautovski from Skopje, Macedonia. Dautovski performed on a 6,000-year-old Neolithic flute, the only known one of its kind in existence. Vocalist Aleksandar Popovska also performed with Dautovski, singing Macedonian love songs.
Macedonian-born historian Vasil Tupurkovski, author of Macedonian History, addressed a full restaurant of attendees, prior to the unveiling.
“There is tremendous knowledge on Alexander the Great in the world,” he said. “He is defined as a military leader, a commander, and as a conqueror. He rose to the throne and was active during times of tremendous and profound historical, social, political, economical and communicative changes.”
Tupurkovski said Alexander the Great’s father, King Philip II, was responsible for Europization, and Alexander was responsible for the globilization of the Macedonian states and ideas.
“He was somebody who dreamed of a world of nations in communication, nations in corporation, human rights, and that is why we have to take in consideration the great spheres of his activities, of his thinking, and of his philosophy in order to be able to define him as a historic person,” he said.
“He was very innovated,” said Tupurkovski. “He never lost a war. He was able to crush the greatest empire of all times. He was very religious. He had messianic thoughts and wanted to think of the world as very cooperative and innovative. He wanted and believed in universal peace.”
According the Tupurkovski, Alexander the Great did not take power away from the regions he conquered, but let them self-govern, because in peace there is prosperity. The great leader also cared deeply for his soldiers and knew the destiny of each soldier’s family.
Looking on as the painting was unveiled, was Nellie Slaton, who traveled with friends from Cape Coral to.
“I have a friend who is in the Peace Corps in Macedonia,” she said. “I was there for six weeks this past fall. I visited the local villages and the Heraklea ruins. Macedonia is an absolutely beautiful country. The people are very supportive of America and are very open and friendly.”
The painting is available for public viewing in the dining room of Vergina restaurant, located at 700 5th Avenue South in Naples.