COLLECTIONS / Icons and Wood-Carvings

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The Museum's Byzantine and Post-Byzantine icons constitute one of its largest and most important collections.  The collection stands out not just by the exceptionally large number of works it contains - ca 3,000 - but also by the wide range of iconographies it covers across the chronological spectrum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art, which moreover come from all over Greece, Asia Minor, the Balkans and Russia.

There are also 250 diptychs and triptychs in the collection, dating from the 15th to the 19th century. These artefacts were for the most part works of private devotion.
   
Some woodcarvings, such as three carved wooden sanctuary iconostases from churches in the Ionian Islands and Northern Greece, episcopal thrones, etc. complete the collection.

Gallery View
  • The seven Ages of Man The seven Ages of Man
    The scene is allegorical. The theme is the meaning of the time from the birth to the death of every man: at the outer periphe...
  • Saint Sisoes facing the tomb of Alexander the Great Saint Sisoes facing the tomb of Alexander the Great
    Sisoes, a hermit pursuing ascetism in Egypt is visiting the tomb of Alexander the Great. Looking at the dead hero he is medit...
  • Holy Trinity and Saints Holy Trinity and Saints
    The Holy Trinity with the saints Eleutherios, Athanasios, John the Baptist, and Charalambos. The painter was of Cretan descen...
  • Iconostasis Iconostasis
    The parts of the iconostasis, that are dated in the 17th-18th c., have different origins: the wood-curved part is from the Io...
  • Sanctuary doors with the depiction of the Annunciation, Prophets Moses and Aaron Sanctuary doors with the depiction of the Annunciation, Prophets Moses and Aaron
    The newest layer of painting dated in the late 18th century which was removed from the older one dated in the 15th century (B...
  • Man of Sorrows Man of Sorrows
    The icon depicts the iconographic type known as the “Man of Sorrows”. The center of the scene is dominated by the figure of t...
  • Theotokos Glykophilousa Theotokos Glykophilousa
    The painting layer of the 18th century which had been detached from the layer of the 12th century (BXM 984) depicting the Gly...
  • Three Hierarchs Three Hierarchs
    The painting layer of the 18th century which had been detached from the layer of the 14th century (BXM 992) depicting the Thr...

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