BYZANTINE MUSEUM SYNOPSIS
The Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos is in Solomos Square. You turn right after the entering, ascend to the upper floor and cross the entire length of the building before descending again to the entrance. The museum houses a rich collection of portable icons, a true panorama of ecclesiastical painting from the Byzantine years up to the 19th century, with about a thousand religious paintings by post-Byzantine, Ionian and Zakynthian artists. Works are exhibited by Damaskinos, Tzanes, Kallergis, Doxaras, Koutouzis and Tsonis.
Although the older exhibits in the museum are characteristic examples of Byzantine art, the works of Panagiotis Doxaras (1622-1700), who studied in Venice, are naturalistic style and belong to the Ionian Island School. Doxaras' son Nicholas continued in the Western tradition, as did Nicholaos Koutouzis (1741-1813). whose works can be found in the museum as well as in the church of Agios Dionysios.
Templa (icon screens) from the churches of the Pantokrator and Agios Dimitrios can be found in the Museum, as well as parts of the exterior of Agios Andreas of Volimes.
In addition, Hellenistic and Byzantine sculptures and statues are also accommodated here.
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