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FINE ARTS

 

As Corfu, being Venetian possession, was in close cultural contact with the island of Crete, icons of the Cretan School of painting, were first brought to Corfu before the final fall of Crete (to the Turks) on orders from local Church Wardens.

 

 Emmanuel Lambardos, a religious painter of the late sixteenth century is another Cretan artist. One of his best works, the ‘Dormition of the Virgin Mary’, is kept in the Byzantine Museum of Corfu.

 Angelos the Cretan was one of the most famous icon painters of his time. A single painting by Angelos, depicting St. Nicholas, is know to exist in Corfu in private ownership.


St. John Damascene's icon (1682)

 George Klotzas (1562-1608) excelled in miniature painting. A panel depicting the ‘Last Judgment’ can be seen in the Monastery Church of the Blessed Virgin Platytera.

The great iconographer Michael Damaskinos, established a final form and technique for ‘portable’ icons painted on wood. Three of his paintings can be seen on the iconostasis in the first Municipal Cemetery Church.

 

 The Corfiot Emmanuel Tzanfournaris (1573 – 1631) was to a certain degree influenced by Italian painting. A signed icon is kept in the Convent of the two Saints Theodore. Another icon is in the Byzantine Museum of Corfu.

 A fine icon by Jeremiah Palladas is now kept in the Byzantine Museum of Corfu.

 A signed picture by George Kortezas in Byzantine Museum of Corfu represents the Archangels Raphael, Michael and Gabriel, and dates from the first half of the seventeenth century.

 An icon by Emmanuel Scordilis representing the Elevation of the True Cross is housed in the Byzantine Museum of Corfu.

Father Emmanuel Tzanes is one of the most outstanding exponents of Greek religious painting. He left Crete in 1646 when the island fell to the Turks, and came to Corfu where he lived and worked until 1655. His icons may be seen in the Byzantine Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater, the Church of Panayia ton Xenon, the Byzantine Museum, the Church of San Nicola dei Vecchi, the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Platytera, the Palace of the Metropolitan and in the Church of St. George.

 Theodore Poulakis settled in Corfu around 1675 where he remained until his death in 1692. His works are housed in the Byzantine Museum, the Monasteries of the Blessed Virgin Platytera, Palaeocastritsa, the Church of the Blessed Virgin at Kassiopi and in the Church of St. Nicholas.

 The painter Victor is one of the most productive painters of the second half of the seventeenth century. His works may be seen in the Byzantine Museum, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and in the Convent of the two Saints Theodore.

 Works by Father Philotheos Scouphos may be seen in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Convent of the two saints Theodore, the Convent of the Blessed Virgin Kassopitra, the Byzantine Museum and in the Church of the Resurrection.

 A signed icon by John Moskos is in on show in the Byzantine Museum of Corfu.

 A few examples of work by Constantine Contarinis may be seen in the Church of St. Spyridon, the Byzantine Museum, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Church of Panayia ton Xenon and in the Church of St. Catherine.

 Father Stephen Tzangarolas painted a number of icons, most of which show a marked Italian influence.  A few of his works are kept in the Church of St. Catherine, the Byzantine Museum and in the Palace of the Metropolitan.

 Panayiotis Doxaras is considered the founder of a school known as the Septinsular School of Painting, which set religious iconography free from all ties with Byzantine tradition, thus leading Ionian religious painting definitely into the main stream of Western art. His main work was the decoration on the ceiling of the Church of St. Spyridon, painted in 1727. Another fragments of his work can be seen in the Palace of the Metropolitan, the Convent of the Virgin Kassopitra and in the Church of the Dominion of the Virgin Mary.

 Some of the works of Panayiotis Paramythiotis can be seen in the Churches of St. Antony and St. Eleftherios, the Palace of Metropolitan and in the Orthodox Cathedral.

 George Chrysoloras’s paintings are housed in the Byzantine Museum, the Palace of Metropolitan, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of St. Eleftherios, the Cemetery Church, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Church of St. Paraskevi, the Church of All Saints, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mesochoritissa, the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and in the Church of St. Catherine.

 The Corfiot painter Spyridon Sperantzas produced a great number of icons, which can be seen in several churches (already mentioned) and also decorated some church ceilings (in the Church of St. John the Baptist). His work can be dated between 1740 and 1775.

 One of the most important works of Spyridon Ventouras (1761-1835) is the ceiling of the Monastery Church of the Blessed Virgin Platytera.

 The ceiling in the Church of Panayia ton Xenon is by Nikolaos Coutouzis (1741-1813) and also the icons on the iconostasis of the Monastery Church of the Blessed Virgin Platytera.

 Father Nikolaos Cantounis (1767-1834) was the most productive painter of the Ionian School of painting. In Corfu are two of his works, both in the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Platytera.

 The eminent sculptor and painter Paul Prosalentis (1784-1837) became one of the founding members of the Ionian Academy, and in 1811 he established the first private school of Fine Arts in Greece. The following work of Prosalentis may be seen in Corfu: the bronze statue of Sir Frederic Adam, the reliefs over the cornice at the center of the main front of the Palace, the reliefs around the marble pedestal of the bust of George IV, and the bronze bust of Sir Thomas Maitland.

 Antonio Villas, who lived in the early nineteenth century, was the best of our knowledge. He became the Director of a School of Architecture. The Reading Society of Corfu owns a portrait of the British Lord High Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam.

 Dionysios Veyias (1819-1884) is considered to be one of the first to practice the art of engraving in Greece. His portraits, icons and engravings may be seen at the Reading Society of Corfu.

 All these are portrait, genre or landscape painters influenced by impressionism, French ‘ecoles’ of painting or expressionism. They are Corfiot painters who carried on unbroken the tradition of artistic dedication from nineteenth century to our own century.

A view of Corfu from the north - engraving by J.C.Weigel, 1720

 Spyridon Prosalentis (1830-1895), Paul Prosalentis (1857-1894), Emilios Prosalentis (1859-1926), Helen Prosalentis (1870-1911), Olga Prosalentis (1872-1945), Charalambos Pachis (1844-1891), Vincenzo Boccheciampe (1856-1932), Angelos Giallinas (1857-1939), Pericles J. Collas (1860-1883), Pericles Tsirigotis (1865-1924), Markos Pieris (1865-1954), George Samartzis (1868-1925), Spyridon Scarvellis (1864-1942), Stefanos Boulgaris (1881-1950), Stephanos Trivolis (1883-1944), Markos Zavitzianos (1884-1923), Lycourgos Cogevinas (1887-1950) and Ten Florias (1897-1969).

                                                      ARCHITECTURE

 John Chronis, the architect (1799-1879) who’s the most important work in Corfu is: the Capodistria Mansion, the Ionian Bank, the former Ionian Parliament, and the Churches of All Saints and St. Sofia.

 The artistic tradition of Corfu is still carried on by contemporary and young exponents of the Arts.

Bibliography: STAMATOPOULOS, N.: Old Corfu, History and Culture,
K. Mihalas s.a., Athens


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