Institute for Mediterranean Studies

ELISTOKAINO

“Modernism” and “Greekness” in Art and Art Criticism, 18th Century

Τhe aim of the program is to study the 18th century, when, on the one hand, introducing Western styles in painting is being attempted, and, on the other hand, novelties in the artistic practice lead to efforts to its theoretical establishment by translating and adapting foreign art treatises.

The openness of a society to innovation is detected not only in the sphere of production and economy, but also in the sphere of artistic creation which is related to the main dimension of social identity. In this realm the reactions are more intense and often articulated with a systematic theoretical reason through which one can approach the deeper attitude of a society towards innovation. The aim of the program is to study the 18th century, when, on the one hand, introducing Western styles in painting is being attempted, and, on the other hand, novelties in the artistic practice lead to efforts to its theoretical establishment by translating and adapting foreign art treatises. These searches will be sought to connect with other aspects of the Greek Enlightenment.

The project was carried out in 2013-2015 in the context of the wider interdisciplinary research project of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, which was entitled “Greek History of Innovation: The Social Preconditions of Innovation. Aspects of the Greek Experience” (ELISTOKAINO).

Academic Supervisor 

Panayotis K. Ioannou (Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete)

Research team

  • Polyxeni Yannouli (Postgraduate student, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete)
  • Irini Matalliotaki (Postgraduate student, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete)
  • Marilena Maragkaki (Postgraduate student, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete)

Deliverables

  • Publication of Panagiotis Doxaras’ manuscript “The Art of Painting (Techni Zografias”) dated 1724. 
  • Collection of Art texts written in the 18th and 19th centuries; more specifically: distinct studies (published and/or manuscripts), magazine articles, texts in collective volumes, dictionary entries etc. An anthology of texts is due. 
  • Tracking and transcription of Giorgio Mignaty’s correspondence, who lived in Florence from 1844 to 1896, and was very active in matters of art, history of art, art commerce and politics. The annotated publication of this correspondence is a work in progress. 

Pbuclications

  • Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι / Λεόν Μπαττίστα Αλμπέρτι / Αντρέα Πότσο, Διὰ τὴν ζωγραφίαν. Οι πρώτες μεταφράσεις κειμένων τέχνης στα ελληνικά από τον Παναγιώτη Δοξαρά [Leonardo da Vinci / Leon Battista Alberti / Andrea Pozzo, On painting. The first translations of writings on art in Greek by Panagiotis Doxaras], editing and introduction by Panayotis K. Ioannou, Heraklion: Crete University Press – Institute for Mediterranean Studies, 2015.
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou “Ο Λύσανδρος Καυταντζόγλου και η Ακαδημία του Αγίου Λουκά της Ρώμης [Lysandros Kaftantzoglou and The Accademia di San Luca in Rome]”, Ιστορία της τέχνης [Historia tis technis], 3 (summer 2014), 122-134.
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou, Η ‘Πραγματεία περί Ζωγραφικής’ του Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι: από το χειρόγραφο στο έντυπο [The ‘Treatise on painting’ by Leonardo da Vinci: from the manuscript to the publication], exhibition catalogue (Pireaus, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, October 10 – 26, 2016), Heraklion: Crete University Press – Institute for Mediterranean Studies, 2016.
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou, “Καλλιτεχνική Εταιρεία Ελλήνων στη Ρώμη (1865) [Greeks’ artistic society in Rome (1865)]”, Ιστορία της τέχνης [Historia tis technis], 6 (καλοκαίρι 2017), 144-149.
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou, “ДОКУМЕНТИ, КОИТО СЕ ОТНАСЯТ ДО ДЕЙНОСТТА НА Д. ДОБРОВИЧ В ИТАЛИЯ / Documents Relating to the Life and Work of Dobrovich in Italy”, in Angela Daneva (ed.), The Romance of the XIX Century: Dimitar Dobrovich (1816-1905). Life and Works, Sofia: New Bulgarian University, 2017, 164-188.
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou, “‘Περί ζωγραφίας’. Άγνωστο χειρόγραφο του 18ου αιώνα [‘On painting’. Unknown manuscript of the 18th century]”, in Ζητήματα ιστορίας, μεθοδολογίας, ιστοριογραφίας [Issues of history, methodology, historiography], conference proceedings (Athens, Benaki Museum, January 15 - 17, 2012) (forthcoming).
  • Panayotis K. Ioannou, “Ένας ‘κρητικός ζωγράφος’ στη Ρωσία, την Ιταλία, την Ελλάδα και την Αίγυπτο: Ψηφίδες για τη ζωή και το έργο του Νικόλαου Κουνελάκη (1827-1869) [A ‘Cretan painter’ in Russia, in Italy, in Greece and in Egypt: Pieces of Nikolaos Kounelakis life and work]”, Ιστορία της τέχνης [Historia tis technis], (forthcoming).

Project Team

Panayotis K. Ioannou

Associate Professor in Art History
Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete
Curriculum vitae