Crete Art - the island of Kriti was home to one of the oldest civilizations in Europe, the Minoans, who thrived on the island as early as 2000 BC. One of the most interesting aspects of this early community was their beautiful Minoan art.
The depictions of figures, plants and animals have communicated to us in our modern times through careful work of archaeology. Many of the wall art or frescoes can now be viewed in museums on the island, and at the Minoan art sites such as Knossos.
Byzantine art emerges from the fourth century until the fall of
Constantinople in 1493. Primarily religious in subject, artists at the
Cretan School continued after the fall of Byzantium and this period is
also referred to as Post Byzantine art.
Crete has some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in its churches
all over the island, and in the following museums.
Museum of Religious Art - Monis Odigitrias, Heraklion
Centre for Byzantine Art - Ethnikis Antistaseos, Rethymnon
Crete Art - one of the most respected painters of the European renaissance – an artist known as El Greco – was born in Crete and studied art in the flourishing Venetian culture of the time, in the city of Heraklion.
See our dedicated page about the life and work of Domenikos Theokotopoulos – El Greco.
Crete Art - the arts of ceramics, basket weaving, knife making, and hand woven
textiles are arts that have been practised on Crete for centuries. One
of the most unique hand woven articles is the sariki or headscarf worn by boys and men in the traditional costume.
The sarikia are woven and knotted by hand by women, mostly now
the older women who hold the knowledge of this traditional art. Two
villages known for their textiles are Anogia and Kritsa.
A good exhibition of folk art is located in the Historical and Folk Art Museum on Vernardou 28-30, in Rethymnon.
Crete Art - much artistic expression in Kriti is expressed in music. The passion, soul and pathos entwined in the performance of Kritiki musiki is unique the world over.
Modern artistic expression also flourishes on the island, from ceramics to glass and jewellery, painting and sculpture, every art form is created on the island, one only needs to attend the Renaissance Festival in Rethymnon each year to enjoy the many dramatic arts as well as creative arts.
Marios Chalkiadakis and Natassa Papadogamvraki studied glass craft in
Scandinavia and England and worked with Orrefors before returning to
Crete to open their own
studio in Anogia
• Municipal Art Gallery - 98-102 Chalidon Street in Chania
• Municipal Art Gallery - 25 August Street in Heraklion
• Center of Modern Art - 5 Chimaras Street in Rethymnon
• El Greco Gallery - 32 Twenty-Eighth October Street in Agios Nikolaos
• Art Sourcing: a gallery of contemporary art
in Agios Nikolaos; marketing and hiring original works and promoting
Greek and international artists.
This gallery provides all aspects of art services such as art rentals, sales, art publications, consultancy, commissioning, exhibitions, seminars and workshops.
A beautiful location to see vibrant modern collections. Contact Mary-Jane Schumacher to make a rendezvous to see options in the pieces.