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Xyngopoulos, Andreas

    Full Name: Xyngopoulos, Andreas

    Other Names:

    • Andreas Xyngopoulos

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1891

    Date Died: 22 April 1979

    Place Born: Athens, Region of Attica, Greece

    Place Died: Athens, Region of Attica, Greece

    Home Country/ies: Greece

    Subject Area(s): Ancient Greek (culture or style), Byzantine (culture or style), Christianity, Early Christian, Medieval (European), and religious art


    Historian of Byzantine and early Christian Greek art and architecture. Xyngopoulos studied at the School of Philosophy, University of Athens, graduating in 1924. At the same time, he joined the Greek archaeological service (1920). He wrote his dissertation in 1937 from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, working under Charles Diehl and Gabriel Millet. Xyngopoulos continued his work at the archaeological service, primarily in the area of Macedonia, eventually becoming the supervisor (ephor) of Bysantine monutments. In 1940 he left to become professor of Byzantine archaeology, University of Thessaloniki. He retired in 1956. Xyngopoulos is most known for his discoveries of mosaics in Thessaloniki. He discovered the late 5th-century mosaics at Hosios David and others in the 14th-century Hagioi Apostoloi.

    Selected Bibliography

    He psephidote diakosmesis tou Naou ton Hagion Apostolon Thessalonikes. (Makedonike vivliotheke: 16) Thessaloniki: Hetaireia Makedonikon Spoudon, 1953; Thessalonique et la peinture macédonienne. (Hidryma Meleton Chersonesou tou Haimou: 7). Athens: M. Myrtidis, 1955; Copies, Drawings and Ornamental Designs by Photis Zachariou. Athens: Athens’ Editions, 1956; and Zachariou, Photis. Manual Panselinos.Athens: Athens’ Editions, 1956; The Mosaics of the Church of Saint Demetrius in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki: [sn] 1969.


    Modern Perspectives in Western Art History: an Anthology of 20th-Century Writings on the Visual Arts. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971, p. 50 mentioned; Tsougarakis, Dimitris. “Xyngopoulos, Andreas.” Dictionary of Art 33: 479; Krauthiemer, Richard. “Riflessioni sull’ architettura paleocristiana.” in Atti del VI Congresso Internationale di Archeologia Cristiana (1962). Studi di Antichità Cristiana 26: 567-79.


    "Xyngopoulos, Andreas." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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