The greatest Cretan icon painters, who settled in the Venetian-held Ionian Islands, and the multitude of portable icons that the refugees from the Turkish-occupied Crete brought with them, made a decisive contribution to the development and revival of painting there in the second half of the 17th c. Thus an artistic tradition was created which was both influenced by the Cretan School of painting and open to contemporary Western artistic trends. The 18th-c."Ionian School" was the culmination of a creative journey.
Moreover the economic flourishing of the Ionian Islands, an increased emphasis on the local element in Venetian policy (especially after the loss of Crete in 1669), and the promotion of a regime of religious tolerance, designed to counter the threat from the Turks, led to a state of peaceful co-existence between Greeks and Venetians. In turn this created the conditions required for developing the arts.
Theotokos “Lady the Lambovitissa”
Dionysios Loverdos Collection The Virgin, wearing a gold crown, sits on a marble throne and holds Christ blessing. To the left of the throne, the painter E...
The Ascension of the Prophet Elijah and scenes from his life
Icons and Wood-Carvings The icon is divided into three bands. The central one depicts the Ascension of the Prophet Elijah to heaven on a golden chari...
St John the Baptist
Sculpture The slab comes from the Monastery of Hagios Ioannes o Prodromos (St John the Baptist) in the Castle of Zakynthos. The saint, ...
The Massacre of the Innocents
Icons and Wood-Carvings The icon depicts the Massacre of the Innocents. The scene reproduces an engraving that in turn copied a painting by Peter Pau...
The Liturgy of St Spyridon
Icons and Wood-Carvings Painted by the Lacedaimonian Panagiotis Doxaras. It is a largely unknown till recently sketch of the ceiling decoration of th...
The burial of Theotokos and her Assumption to Heaven
Dionysios Loverdos Collection The burial of Theotokos and her Assumption to Heaven. Icon with obvious influences from the western art. Painted by Konstanti...