The Stathatos Room

Part of the new exhibition area in the Makriyannis Wing, is a period room created by collector Helen Stathatou in the 1920s. Upon learning that a church in Arta, known for its excellent woodcarvings, was about to be torn down, she acquired the carvings and arranged them in her drawing room in her mansion in Athens. This entire room was given by her to the Gennadius Library and was faithfully reconstructed as it had stood in her house. Helen Stathatou also donated four illuminated Byzantine manuscripts and eight religious icons from the Ionian islands. With one exception the artists are all Cretan in origin. There are three icons by the well-known icon painter Theodoros Poulakis (Chania, 1622—Corfu, 1692); a 17th century icon by the priest Antonios Skordilis; an icon depicting the Archangel Michael by Emmanuel Lambardos of Rethymnon, dated 1598 (the oldest in the collection); an icon of the Birth of the Virgin by the artist Victor, dated 1674; an impressive icon of St. Andrew, dated 1600, by Emmanuel Tzanes (Rethymno, 1610- Venice, 1690); finally, the most recent of the icons displaying a 1718 miracle of St. Eleutherius was painted by Konstantinos Kontarinis, a Cretan whose few recorded works were executed in Corfu.