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Lecture on the influence of Byzantine Art on Modern Greek Art at Columbia University Program in Hellenic Studies
The Consulate General of Greece in New York together with the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University hosted the art lecture “Egg tempera and Modern Greek art tempera-ment. Byzantium and Neohellenic art” by Greek Art Historian Nikoleta Tzani, Curator and Art Historian at the Greek Art Centre “Giorgio De Chirico” based in Volos city (October 3).
The lecture examined the formative influence that the Byzantine revival, the cultural phenomenon of the so-called “Byzantinism,” had on the Greek artistic production at the end of the 19th and the first half of 20th century. It traced the gradual shift from the rejection of Byzantine traditions to the positive reappraisal of Byzantine artistic achievements both in Europe and Greece. Through analyses of selected artworks by painters such as Gyzis, Parthenis, Contoglou and Engonopoulos, the lecture situated the interest of Greek artists, who lived and studied in Europe, within the general aesthetic and artistic discourse of Modernism.