10 March 2015 Start
10 March 2015 End
7.30 p.m. Time
Greece Benaki Museum, Main Building, 1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave., Athens

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Book Launch: Working Drawings of Icon Painters

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Launch: Working Drawings of Icon Painters after the Fall of Constantinople: The Andreas Xygopoulos Portfolio at the Benaki Museum

This book by Maria Vassilaki, Professor in the History of Byzantinε & Post-Byzantine Art at the University of Thessaly, 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.

The welcome speech will be given by Angelos Delovorrias.

Robin Cormack,
Professor Emeritus, History of Art, University of London & the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge,
Myrto Hatzaki,
Head of Greek Programs and Public Relations,  Foundation A. G. Leventis
Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel,
Director of A. G.  Leventis Gallery Nicosia
Maria Vassilaki,
Professor in the History of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art, University of Thessaly.