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BYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM: BYZANTINE PAINTINGS BY THE ATHENS SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS

On until September 9, 2019 at the Byzantine & Christian Museum, is an excellent exhibition presenting 74 works of both teachers and students from the Workshop of Frescoes and the Technique of Portable Icons.

The Workshop of Frescoes was founded in 1961 by Konstantinos Georgakopoulos, student and collaborator of Fotis Kontoglou, with the aim of professionally teaching and training students the spirit and tradition of Byzantine Art. During the first years of study, the program was mainly dedicated to the technique of creating portable icons, while during the second year it focused on the technique of wall frescos. Konstantinos Georgakopoulos was succeeded by Konstantinos Xinopoulos who introduced the technique of Vitraux. In 2002, Pavlos Samios was elected Professor of the Studio and taught until 2015; amongst other techniques, Samios introduced Encaustic. In 2016, the Studio’s curriculum was reformed from a 2 to 3 year program. Since the Studio’s 1960s inception, two generations of artists have been formed by the A.S.F.A. with brilliant achievements in the field of iconography in Greece and abroad.

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