Georgios Iakovidis


Biography & Museum

Greek Art on the 19th Century

Greek modern artists absorbed many elements from their other European painters.

Studying abroad was imperative for Greek artists. Munich was the place where the majority of them chose to study. Later on, they would return to Greece and pass on their knowledge.

ImageGeorgios Iakovidis devoted his attention to infants, and inspired mostly by the Greek sea. Other notable artists that belonged to the School of Munich were Symeon Sabbides, Yannoulis Chalepas, as well as quite a few modernist artists who studied in Munich.


Georgios Iakovidis was born in Chydera on January 11, 1853.

He was a student of painting and sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, between 1870 and 1876. His teacher was Nikiforos Lytras, and then he received a scholarship to study in the Munich Academy of Art.

ImageHe stayed in Munich Academy of Art several years after his graduation, studying under Karl Theodor von Piloty. He lived in Munich for 17 years, painting genre pictures, mythological scenes and portraits. Influenced by German academic Realism, his most famous paintings were of children. He won awards in five international exhibits. He was a highly commercial painter.

ImageHe returned to Athens with the Greek government's proposal to manage a newly created National Gallery in 1900. At the same time takes a few years later to teach a course at the School of Oil Painting Fine Arts.

In addition to genre paintings, mythological scenes and some landscapes, at this time he produced formal portraits of eminent Greeks.

ImageHe opposed all new artistic tendencies, including Impressionism and Expressionism. Iakovidis dominated Greek painting for many years, becoming an important influence for an entire generation of Greek painters.

“Iakovidis, peaceful and patient, expressing the thoughtful contemplation of life, their own life goes down, the lives of young shoots rises, [...]”

LAMPRAKI, M. 2005. Vima.

Gallery of Paintings:



The Museum

The Georgios Jakobides Digital Museum is a simulation of a real museum. There may not be any actual works, but the Museum aspires to become a magnet for visitors to the island and the locals, especially its younger residents. A place where technology and art introduce visitors of all ages to the life and work of Georgios Jakobides, man and creator.

ImageWith the activities offered in the museum, visitors can enjoy a vast assortment of electronic systems used for digital projection and interaction, such as TFT screens, touch screens, bilingual backlit transparencies (duratrans), and projection screens.

ImageA simple museum visit is transformed into an entertaining and informative visual experience.

The Digital Museum is a source of knowledge that becomes a very positive experience. The ultimate goal of this effort is to promote the diachronic value of Jakobides’ art for learners, inciting students to study the works of the artist from a different perspective.

ImageThe aim of the educational activities is to familiarise students with art. Basic concepts are analysed in detail with the help of digital applications. Thanks to the thematic units and technology, works come to life for a better appreciation.



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