Theodoros Vryzakis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Βρυζάκης;
1819-1878) was a Greek painter, known mostly for his historical
scenes. He was one of the founders of the "
Munich School", composed of
Greek artists who had studied in that city.
2 Selected paintings from the National Gallery (Athens)
4 External links
He grew up during the years of the Greek War of Independence. His
father was, in fact, hanged by the
Ottoman Army near the very
beginning of the war, in 1821, and he had to flee with his mother
into the mountains.
By 1832, he was in an orphanage, where his artistic talent was
discovered by Friedrich Thiersch, a scholar who had played a
significant role in making a Bavarian prince (Otto) the new King of
Greece. Thiersch took him to Munich, where he attended the
"Panhellenion", a school for orphans of the Greek revolution,
founded by King Ludwig I. After completing his studies, he returned to
Greece and enrolled at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
In 1844, he returned to
Munich on a scholarship and was admitted to
the Academy of Fine Arts. His teachers there included Carl Wilhelm
von Heideck and Peter von Hess, both known for their support of Greek
independence. After graduation, he spent ten years travelling
throughout Europe, including a two-year stay in Greece from 1848 to
1850. At the end of his travels, he exhibited some of his works
relating to the Sieges of Messolonghi at the Exposition Universelle.
Most of these canvases were destroyed by a fire in 1929.
From 1861 to 1863, he worked in Manchester, England, painting murals
at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manchester. Four
years later, he took part in a major exhibition at the Galerie Del
Vecchio (de) in Leipzig. He painted little during the last
decade of his life, due to an eye ailment. His death was due to
heart disease. In his will, he left all of the works in his studio to
University of Athens
University of Athens and 760 Marks to repair the roof of the
Salvatorkirche in Munich. Many of his paintings were widely
distributed in the form of lithographs.
Selected paintings from the National Gallery (Athens)
The Sortie of Messolonghi (1853)
The Consolation (1856)
The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi
The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi (1861)
The Camp of
Georgios Karaiskakis (1855)
Grateful Hellas (1858)
^ a b c d e Biographical notes by Katerina Spetsieri-Beschi @
^ a b c d Brief biography @ the
National Gallery (Athens)
National Gallery (Athens) website.
^ a b Obituary from the Münchner Allgemeine Zeitung, quoted @
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