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Working Drawings of Icon painters after the Fall of Constantinopolis

Vassilaki Maria

Vassilaki Maria, Working Drawings of Icon painters after the Fall of Constantinopolis. The Andreas Xyngopoulos portfolio at the Benaki Museum, A.G. Leventis Gallery, A.G. Leventis Foundation, Benaki Museum, 2015, 456 pages, 720 illustrations, 2015. ISBN 978-960-476-168-5 (Benaki Museum), 978-9963-732-09-8 (A.G. Leventis Foundation, A.G. Leventis Gallery)

This book presents the 452 working drawings that compose the Andreas Xyngopoulos portfolio in the Benaki Museum, commented upon and illustrated in their entirety. Mainly intended for creating portable icons, they comprise pricked and imprinted cartoons, painted drawings and sketches, which date from the 17th until the early 20th century. They were produced from portable icons and were used for making identical copies. Their use became widespread in Venetian Crete during an era of mass production of icons.

A book launch will take place on March 10, 2015, at 7.30 p.m., at the Benaki Museum (Central Building, 1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave., Athens).