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Religious Art (15th-19th c.)

The Program aims at recreating the Neohellenic and Orthodox art environment in the period from the fall of Constantinople (1453) up to the emergence of the Greek state (1830). One of the basic research projects of the Program is the composition of the Corpus of the Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople.

Μain research fields:

  • the activities of known painters (1450-1850) and the cataloguing of their works:  portable icons, murals,
  • the study of written evidence: archives, monument inscriptions, painter signatures,
  • the comparative study of Orthodox and Western Artist Workshops,
  • the study of the network of Greek artist workshops in Europe and its relation to the centers of migratory, ecclesiastical and economic policy.



The idea of generating such an archive was conceived by Manolis Chatzidakis, a Byzantinist and member of the Academy of Athens. Research on this project within the framework of the Institute for Neohellenic Research began in 1985, with the collaboration of the archaeologist Eugenia Drakopoulou, who is now the Director of the Program. Under the supervision of E. Drakopoulou, the following external research fellows have collaborated in the program:
Athina Levantinou, Archaeologist (1995-1997, 2002-2004),  
Aggeliki Papadopoulou, Philologist (2001-2002),       
Vassiliki Dimitropoulou, Art Historian (2005-2008),
Prodromos Papanikolaou, Archaeologist (2007-2008),
Phane Skyvalida, Archaeologist (2013),
Poly Mougoyianni, Archaeologist (2013-2014).

Financial support



Eugenia Drakopoulou, Research Director, Programme director

Οther Memebers

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Georgia Foukaneli, Philologist, PhD on Archeology (2014-now)
Scholarship recipient: Eleni Charchare, PhD candidate (2008-2011, 2017 – now)


Research Projects

In progress

  • Religious painting after the Fall of Constantinople, within the framework of the IHR collaborative Project “Anavathmis. Development of Historical Research; Studies and digital applications” (IHR/NHRF). European Union / NSRF / General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece (2016-2018). 


  • "Data Base of Greek Painters", digital database funded by the Second Operational Program for Research and Technology of the GSRT in collaboration with the National Documentation Center (2005-2008).
  • “Researchers' Night: Arts, Crafts and Professions of the Past through the Researchers' Eyes”.  European Union7th ESP Program (2007).
  • Pandektis Digital Thesaurus of Primary Sources for Greek History and Culture - Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople 1450-1830”, within the framework of Action “Digital Greece” (, European Union - European Regional Development Fund - Greek Public Domain (Operational Program for IS - OPIS, 3rd CSF 2000-2006).
  • “The network of spreading artistic workshops of religious art in 17th and 18th century Europe”, within the framework of the IHR collaborative Project “Kyrtou Plegmata. Networks of economy, power and knowledge in the hellenic space, from prehistorical years until the modern ages”, of the Action “KRIPIS”, European Union/NSRF 2007-2013 / General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece (2013-2015). 
  • Greek Ports. Historical and Archaeological Data. Co-operation with the Piraeus Port Authority (2014- 2015).

Scientific Film: The Researchers and the Works of Religious Art; Discovering, studying and preserving works of art (for the students of Elementary and High School), Scientific Director: E. Drakopoulou, Stage Director: A. Kovotsos (2007).


Conferences and Events
  • Η μεταβυζαντινή ζωγραφική και παρουσίαση του έργου του Μανόλη Χατζηδάκη ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ ΖΩΓΡΑΦΟΙ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΗΝ ΑΛΩΣΗ [The post-byzantine painting and the work of Manolis Chatzidakis Greek painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)],NHRF, Athens 1999.
  • Βυζαντινή και ιταλική ζωγραφική. Δρόμοι και συναντήσεις από τις Σταυροφορίες έως την πτώση του Χάνδακα (1096-1669) / Pitturabizantinaepitturaitaliana. Vie ed incontri dale Crociate alla caduta di Candia (1096-1669). Incontro scientifico italo-greco, Atene, Fondazione Nationale delle Ricerche, 20-22 novembre 2006.
  • ΔΙΑΣΤΑΥΡΩΣΕΙΣΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗΣΚΑΙΣΕΡΒΙΚΗΣΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣΑΠΟΤΗΘΕΩΡΙΑΣΤΗΝΠΡΑΞΗΤοπαράδειγματουπύργου Neboiša στοΒελιγράδι[Interactions between Hellenic and Serbian History: The example of the Neboiša tower in Belgrade]. Co-organization: European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments – National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, November 2012.

Exhibition: Το εργαστήρι ενός ζωγράφου[A painter’s workshop], National Hellenic Research Foundation (September-October 2007).






Databases - Websites

Printed and digital Publications
1. Manolis Chatzidakis, ΈλληνεςΖωγράφοιμετάτηνΆλωση (1450-1830) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)], vol.1, INR/NHRF, Athens 1987. 19982
2. Eugenia Drakopoulou, ΑναλυτικοίΠίνακεςτωνΕλλήνωνΖωγράφωνκαιτωνΈργωντους (1450-1850) [Inventory of Greek Painters and their Works (1450-1850)], INR/NHRF, Athens 2008:
3. Manolis Chatzidakis – Eugenia Drakopoulou, Έλληνες Ζωγράφοι μετά την Άλωση (1450-1830) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)], vol.2, INR/NHRF, Athens 1997 (pp. 468, ph.  371).
4. Eugenia Drakopoulou, Έλληνες Ζωγράφοι μετά την Άλωση (1450-1850) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)], vol.3, INR/NHRF, Athens 2010 (pp. 353, ph. 138).





  1. Manolis Chatzidakis, Έλληνες Ζωγράφοι μετά την Άλωση (1450-1830) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)], vol.1, INR/NHRF, Athens 1987, 19982 (pp.342, figs.204).
  2. Eugenia Drakopoulou, Η πόλη της Καστοριάς τη βυζαντινή και μεταβυζαντινή  εποχή (12ος-16ος αι.). Ιστορία – Τέχνη – Επιγραφές [La ville de Kastoria pendant la période byzantine et post-byzantine (12e-16e siècle). L’histoire – l’art – les inscriptions], Notebooks of Byzantine Archaeology and Art no. 5, Christian Archaeological Society, Athens 1997 (in Greek with a French summary, pp. 190, figs. 118).
  3. Manolis Chatzidakis - Eugenia Drakopoulou, Έλληνες Ζωγράφοι μετά την Άλωση (1450-1830) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople (1450-1830)], Vol. 2, INR/NHRF no. 62, Athens 1997 (pp. 468, figs. 371).
  4. Eugenia Drakopoulou (ed.), ΖητήματαΜεταβυζαντινήςΖωγραφικήςστημνήμητουΜανόληΧατζηδάκη[Topics in Post-Byzantine Painting In Memory of Manolis Chatzidakis] (Acts of a Two-day Conference, 28-29 May 1999), Athens  2002 (pp. 342).
  5. Eugenia Drakopoulou (entries), Εικόνες από τις Ορθόδοξες κοινότητες της Αλβανίας, Συλλογή Εθνικού Μουσείου Μεσαιωνικής Τέχνης Κορυτσάς [Icons from the Orthodox Communities of Albania: Collection of the National Museum of Medieval ArtKorcë], exhibition catalogue, ed. A. Tourta, Thessaloniki 2006 (pp. 207).
  6. Eleni Charchare, Ρωσικά πολιτιστικά αγαθά στο Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Βενετίας [Russian Cultural Property in the Hellenic Institute of Venice],A publication of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Athens 2006 (in Greek, English, Russian and Italian, pp. 134).
  7. Eugenia Drakopoulou, Αναλυτικοί πίνακες των Ελλήνων Ζωγράφων και των έργων τους (1450-1850) [Inventory of Greek Painters and Their Works (1450-1850)],INR/NHRF no. 102, Athens 2008 (pp. 401).
  8. Eugenia Drakopoulou, Έλληνες Ζωγράφοι μετά την Άλωση (1450-1850) [Greek Painters after the Fall of Constantinople], Vol. 3, (Averkios – Iosif, Supplements - Corrections), INR/NHRF no. 114, Athens 2010 (pp. 353, figs. 138).







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