COLLECTIONS / Wall-paintings

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The Wall-Paintings Museum's Collection,  representative of the evolution of the monumental Christian painting in main Greece during the Byzantine and post-Byzantine era, includes works dating from the 5th / 6th to the 18th c.


The detachment of the wall-paintings, which are now in the Museum, from their monuments was deemed necessary for a variety of reasons. In most cases this was done in the 1960s or in early 1970s by the specialists (conservators and archaeologists) of the Archaeological Service in accordance with the international rules of monument protection.

The collection includes a limited number of wall paintings, most of them fragmented, parts of decoration. Among them there are some important ensembles that allow the reconstitution of a representative image of the monumental decoration to which they belong. The most characteristic examples are three wall-painting layers from the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in Episkopi Euratania (9th / 11th / 13th c.), the wall-paintings from the Monastery of the Virgin Hodegetria in Apolpena Lefkada (mid 15th c.), as well as the wall paintings from the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin (1751) and from other churches of Delphi (18th c.).

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