This first exhibition in Greece about Domenicos Theotokopoulos takes place at his birthplace (Crete) in collaboration with the Benaki Museum and is dedicated to the artist’s Italian period.
Taking the two paintings on permanent exhibition at the Historical Museum of Crete as its focal point – “View of Mt. Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine” (c. 1570, owned by the Andreas and Maria Kalokerinos Foundations) and “The Baptism of Christ” (c. 1569, owned by the Municipality of Heraklion) – the broader artistic milieu is recreated.
The human milieu surrounding Theotokopoulos is recreated in parallel, with his noted patrons, and the major artists he became associated with during his time in Italy.
The exhibition presents major paintings and engravings from museums and private collections in Greece and abroad.
Works to be exhibited for the first ever time in Greece include “The Adoration of the Shepherds” held by the Agnes Etherington Art Center (Kingston, Ontario, Canada); “Portrait of Guilio Clovio” by Sofonisba Anguissola, from the Malgeri-Zeri Collection (Rome); and a “Portrait” of Fulvio Orsini by an unknown artist, from the Uffizi Gallery Museum (Florence). The exhibition is complemented by a wealth of archive material, books and documentary evidence.
The exhibition “Domenicos Theotokopoulos between Venice and Rome”, curated by Nicos Hadjinicolau, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Crete, will go on show at the Benaki Museum – Pireos Street Annexe (November 20, 2014 – March, 1, 2015).
For more info: www.historical-museum.gr
Photos: 1. View of Mt Sinai and the Monastery of St Catherine, El Greco, 1570.
2. View of the exhibition at the Historical Museum of Crete.