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Depictions of St. Demetrius in wall-paintings, portable icons, works of minor art, gold embroideries, marble sculptures etc. from the holy foundations of Mount Athos.

Foyer, Thessaloniki City Hall
26 October – 17 November 2019

 

In honour of Thessaloniki’s patron saint, St. Demetrius, and on the occasion of his feast-day, the Municipality of Thessaloniki is hosting an exhibition organised by the Mount Athos Centre entitled ‘St. Demetrius in the art of Mount Athos’. His Excellency the President of the Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos will officially inaugurate the exhibition at 12.30 p.m. on 26 October 2019, the feast-day of St. Demetrius, in the Foyer of Thessaloniki City Hall. The exhibition, which will remain in the Foyer until 17 November 2019, will present depictions of St. Demetrius in wall-paintings, portable icons, works of minor art, gold embroideries, marble sculptures etc. from the holy foundations of Mount Athos.   




More specifically, a total of 44 depictions will be presented from a group of 150 subjects which are all included in the publication entitled, like the present exhibition, ‘St. Demetrius in the art of Mount Athos’. This publication, produced by the Mount Athos Centre, is the result of a research project, completed in 2005, that focused on the relationship between St. Demetrius and the Athonite Republic. The aim of the Mount Athos Centre and its associates was to gather together as many depictions of the saint as possible, from all artistic genres and regardless of their state of preservation. With the blessing of the Holy Community and the consent of the Athonite foundations, the research yielded a particularly large number of depictions of the saint, as had been expected. The great respect in which the Great Martyr Demetrius is held by the Athonite fathers underlines the close bond between Thessaloniki and Athos.      


Through the depictions of St. Demetrius presented in the exhibition, visitors will be able to see the variety of ways in which the patron saint of Thessaloniki was depicted between the 12th and 20th century, and also to observe the artistic changes that occurred in the Athonite Republic over the course of eight centuries.  



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Exhibition curator:
Anastasios Douros, Director of the Mount Athos Centre

Co-ordinator:
Maria Giannelou

Promotion & Communications:
Christos Dokalis

Research & Documentation: 
Alexandros Makridis, Archaeologist
Nikolaos Toutos, Archaeologist
Georgios Fousteris, Assistant Professor, Higher Ecclesiastical School of Thessaloniki 


Authors of exhibition texts: 
Symeon Paschalidis, Professor, Faculty of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Athanasios Semoglou, Professor, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Nikolaos Pazaras, Archaeologist, Doctoral Candidate, School of History and Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Photographs:
Dimitrios Despoinoudis, Mount Athos Centre Archive

Translation:
Andrew Hendry

Installation:
Eleftherios Raftis

Graphic Design & Printing:
Color Consulting Group


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Duration of exhibition:
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 17 November 2019

Opening hours:
10:00 – 14:00

Information:
Mount Athos Centre
Egnatia 109 / 2310 263-308
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