Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monastery of Iviron, Mount Athos

Spyros Papaloukas, oil on board

Spyros Papaloukas was born in 1892 and died in 1957. He was popular in the 30's so it's possible that is around when this was painted. The Monastery of Iviron is a monastery on Mount Athos, a peninsula in the northeastern part of Greece. Mount Athos is strictly devoted to the religious practices of Greek Orthodox Monks in monasteries. Papaloukas frequently painted the monasteries and landscapes of Mount Athos. Historically, Mount Athos is important to Greece; organized monestary life began as early as 963 AD. Papaloukas thought it was a meaningful place to paint-still historical and relevant. To this day no women are allowed to visit there.

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