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Nikolaos Gyzis and the paintings of the guest quarters of the Palataki villa

In 1854, twelve-year old Nikolaos Gyzis from Tenos started studying in the School of Arts, four years after Lytras, who became his mentor. Their friendship lasted through studying in Munich, their travels in Asia Minor and until Gyzis’ death in 1901. Lytras introduced Gyzis to Nazos. The latter took care so that Gyzis was granted a scholarship by the Foundation of Evangelistria (Virgin in Anunciation) in Tenos and study at Munich. Gyzis became a student of Karl von Piloty (1826-1886), the basic representative of realism in Germany.
In 1864, one year before Gyzis’ depart, Nazos commissioned him the paintings of the dining room of the guest quarters in Palataki. The young artist painted the Four Seasons. Visual illusions give the visitor the impression of being in an open-air place, with singing birds and plants and trees. Four girls symbolize the seasons placed in an idyllic landscape.
Recently, the Chaidari Municipality restored the Four Seasons. The area is open to the public today, while the rest of the building hosts the Municipal Library. Gyzis left for Munich after the Four Seasons but came back several times and finally got married to Artemis, daughter of N. Nazos on the 24th of April 1877, in the church of Agios Georgios. They then both left for Munich but kept their bonds with the place, as their letters illustrate. The nostalgia of the 1895 letters is notable, and probably due to the death of N. Nazos in 1888. Furthermore, the estate did not belong to the Nazos family anymore and needed many repairs.

In 1854, twelve-year old Nikolaos Gyzis from Tenos started studying in the School of Arts, four years after Lytras, who became his mentor. Their friendship lasted through studying in Munich, their travels in Asia Minor and until Gyzis’ death in 1901. Lytras introduced Gyzis to Nazos. The latter took care so that Gyzis was granted a scholarship by the Foundation of Evangelistria (Virgin in Anunciation) in Tenos and study at Munich. Gyzis became a student of Karl von Piloty (1826-1886), the basic representative of realism in Germany.
In 1864, one year before Gyzis’ depart, Nazos commissioned him the paintings of the dining room of the guest quarters in Palataki. The young artist painted the Four Seasons. Visual illusions give the visitor the impression of being in an open-air place, with singing birds and plants and trees. Four girls symbolize the seasons placed in an idyllic landscape.
Recently, the Chaidari Municipality restored the Four Seasons. The area is open to the public today, while the rest of the building hosts the Municipal Library. Gyzis left for Munich after the Four Seasons but came back several times and finally got married to Artemis, daughter of N. Nazos on the 24th of April 1877, in the church of Agios Georgios. They then both left for Munich but kept their bonds with the place, as their letters illustrate. The nostalgia of the 1895 letters is notable, and probably due to the death of N. Nazos in 1888. Furthermore, the estate did not belong to the Nazos family anymore and needed many repairs.