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Nikephoros Lytras and Nikolaos Gyzis in Chaidari

Nikephoros Lytras left Tenos to study in the School of Arts in Athens. His teachers were Ph. and G. Margaritis, R. Ceccoli, the monk A. Triantafyllou and L. Thiersch, who chose him as his apprentice in Soteira Lykodemou, namely the Russian Church. Lytras had already been acquainted with his compatriot, N. Nazos, who asked him to paint Agios Georgios in Chaidari. Thiersch’s art, following the «Nazarenes» Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld (1794-1892) and Heinrich Hess (1798-1855) in the Munich Academy, had a religious character and aimed to reform church painting according to Western Art. Soteira Lykodemou combines Byzantine attributes, such as golden background and iconographic types, with Western painting, such as the principles of perspective, shadows, oil colours etc. Thiersch’s influence on Lytras is evident in Agios Georgios, although Lytras further studied the mosaics of Hosios Lukas and the Daphni Monastery.

Nikephoros Lytras left Tenos to study in the School of Arts in Athens. His teachers were Ph. and G. Margaritis, R. Ceccoli, the monk A. Triantafyllou and L. Thiersch, who chose him as his apprentice in Soteira Lykodemou, namely the Russian Church. Lytras had already been acquainted with his compatriot, N. Nazos, who asked him to paint Agios Georgios in Chaidari. Thiersch’s art, following the «Nazarenes» Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld (1794-1892) and Heinrich Hess (1798-1855) in the Munich Academy, had a religious character and aimed to reform church painting according to Western Art. Soteira Lykodemou combines Byzantine attributes, such as golden background and iconographic types, with Western painting, such as the principles of perspective, shadows, oil colours etc. Thiersch’s influence on Lytras is evident in Agios Georgios, although Lytras further studied the mosaics of Hosios Lukas and the Daphni Monastery.