El Greco, Between Byzantium and the West

Prof. Marina Lambraki Plaka

30 April 2014, 6:30pm


Galata Rum Okulu proudly hosts Prof. Marina Lambraki Plaka, the director of National Gallery of Athens within the framework of the research based exhibiton ”The Image and Beyond: Domenikos Theotokopoulos” which also marks the 400th anniversary of Domenikos Theotokopoulos’s death. Being one of the important art historians of Greece, Prof. Marina Lambraki Plaka will give a lecture entitled ”El Greco, Between Byzantium and the West”  on 30th April 2014  on 6:30 pm. at Galata Rum Okulu.

The lecture will be held in English.

Looking forward for your participation.

Prof.Marina Lambraki Plaka
Marina Lambraki-Plaka is Professor History of Art and Director of the National Gallery Athens .  She was born in Arkalochori of Herakleion, Crete. She studied in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens and began her postgraduate studies in Classical Archaeology with a scholarship from the Foundation of State Scholarships. She continued her postgraduate studies in the History and Sociology of Art in Paris at the Sorbonne (Paris I), again with a scholarship from the Foundation of State Scholarships. In 1971 she was awarded a doctorate by the Sorbonne with a dissertation entitled ‘Bourdelle and Greece’. A Professor of History of Art at the Doxiadis School and at the Moraitis School, she became Assistant to Professor Pantelis Prevelakis in the Art History department at the Athens School of Fine Arts. In 1975 she was unanimously elected Full Professor of History of Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASKT) and thus became the first female professor in the history of the ASKT since its foundation in 1837. She has also been Visiting Professor at the Philosophical School of the University of Crete, at Princeton University (Department of Art and Archaeology) and at New York University (Institute of Fine Art) with a Fulbright scholarship. She has taught at many universities in the U.S.A. and at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has served as Vice-President of the International Union of Art Critics (AICA) and is a member of the French Society of History of Art. In 1992 she was invited by the Minister Mrs Anna Psarouda-Benaki to become Director of the National Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum. Honorary awards: She has received many honorary awards and distinctions, amongst which are the Nikos Kazantzakis prize for her lifetime intellectual contribution, and the first Meletis-Dokimiou State Prize for her book On Painting – Alberti and Leonardo. She has been awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 1997 she was elected European Woman of the Year for Greece.