The protagonists of the exhibition
The works that comprised this unique exhibition was of various forms, among them wall paintings, which were detached for protection reasons revealing in some cases older layers of wall paintings, bema doors, but also anthibola, namely, working sketches of the painters (they were presented only in London). Icons were the main form, some of them two-sided, i.e. painted on both sides. Many were signed by prominent Cretan artists of the 15th and 16th centuries, like Angelos Akotantos, Nikolaos Tzafouris, Andreas Ritzos, Michael Damaskenos.
Conversing with some of the masterpieces of the era
The presentation of the exhibits was modest; there were no maps or accompanying photographs, the captions were and the unpretentious lighting. The aim was to dispense with a didactic approach, and to let the works speak directly to the viewer, revealing their beauty and spirituality. All information about the objects, but also about the art of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Greece, were collected in the three Catalogues that were created for the exhibition, each corresponding to a country where it was taken. The Byzantine and Christian Museum had the academic supervision of the Catalogues, and they were published by the Ministry of Culture.