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Theodoros Vryzakis
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.


1 Biography 2 Selected paintings from the National Gallery (Athens) 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] He grew up during the years of the Greek War of Independence. His father was, in fact, hanged by the Ottoman Army
Ottoman Army
near the very beginning of the war, in 1821,[1] 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",[2] 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.[2] In 1844, he returned to Munich
on a scholarship and was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts.[1] His teachers there included Carl Wilhelm von Heideck and Peter von Hess, both known for their support of Greek independence.[3] 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.[1] From 1861 to 1863, he worked in Manchester, England, painting murals at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Manchester.[2] Four years later, he took part in a major exhibition at the Galerie Del Vecchio (de) in Leipzig.[1] He painted little during the last decade of his life, due to an eye ailment.[2] His death was due to heart disease. In his will, he left all of the works in his studio to the University of Athens
University of Athens
and 760 Marks to repair the roof of the Salvatorkirche in Munich.[3] Many of his paintings were widely distributed in the form of lithographs. Selected paintings from the National Gallery (Athens)[edit]

The Sortie of Messolonghi (1853)

The Consolation (1856)

The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi
The Reception of Lord Byron at Missolonghi

The Camp of Georgios Karaiskakis
Georgios Karaiskakis

Grateful Hellas (1858)


^ a b c d e Biographical notes by Katerina Spetsieri-Beschi @ Myriobiblos. ^ a b c d Brief biography @ the National Gallery (Athens)
National Gallery (Athens)
website. ^ a b Obituary from the Münchner Allgemeine Zeitung, quoted @ 24Grammata.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Theodoros Vryzakis.

Arcadja Auctions: More works by Vryzakis Theodoros Vryzakis
Theodoros Vryzakis
(video) by the Painters of the Faculty of Munich
@ Αρχείο Theodoros Vryzakis
Theodoros Vryzakis
@ the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

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Greek artists of the Munich

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 96594061 GND: 1299420