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by Archaeology Newsroom

Monumental painting in Euboea under Frankish rule

The artistic production which exists in Euboea during the years of Frankish rule is worth mentioning. It reaches its peak mainly in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Eleven monuments have survived from this period in the central part of the island exhibiting an important painted decoration. As a matter of fact, the four of them have a funerary character and display an interesting relevant iconography. The study of the style of this painting reveals a tendency for monumentality, which is a feature of the late phase of Byzantine art and is expressed in a variety of modes. Quite often the impact of the Late Comnenean models becomes stronger. Of special interest is to study the influence of the West on the Byzantine painting of Euboea. The former has added an exquisite flavour to the latter.