Post-Byzantine Treasures
Displayed in New York

The Evolution of Hellenic art and culture during four centuries of tumultuous change under Venetian and Ottoman occupation is the focus of an exhibition of treasures from the Benaki Museum in Athens to take place at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York from December 15 to May 6. From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic art in adversity features over 137 artefacts which span the period from the fall of Byzantium in 1453 to the founding of the modern Greek state in 1830.
Items on display include icons, paintings, woodcarvings, metalwork, embroidery, costumes, jewellery and pottery. The exhibition offers insight into the socio-economic context of the period along with exploring the spiritual and artistic legacy of the Orthodox Church. Other areas covered are the adornment of women in terms of both costumes and jewellery as well as decorative 'arts and the aesthetics of the Greek household.

'Greek fugitives' (1833): oil on canvas by Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
One section looks into the development of commerce and shipping, which led to the financial blossoming of the 18th century while another, which includes relics from the Greek Struggle for Independence, spotlights Greek Enlightenment and the movement of PhiIhelIenism. Among the show's highlights is the depiction of Greece by foreign travellers. This section offers a visual testimony to the Europeans' idyllic perception of Greece - its landscape, ancient monuments, ports and picturesque villages, which were the birthplace of classical ideals.

'From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic art in adversity' is open Monday-Saturday lOam-6pm. Admission is free

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