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The island of Art
Tinos, island of art and beauty, boasts many architectural and artistic
treasures, which can be seen at the important museum of folk - and religious art.
Nature endowed this island not only with plenty of materials such
as white and green marble, slate and granite, but also with a unique environment
which undeniably inspires the artistically inclined. It is the island's miracle
which makes artists want to sing its praises. Soulless marble comes alive under
their chisels. Stone and wood take shape according to the artist's inspiration.
Landscapes and nature are immortalised with brush and canvas.
It is nature that has played the first and most important role in
the formation of the artistic spirit and mood. Old traditions, that are still
very much alive today, have also contributed, giving us great sculptors and painters.
The most famous sculptor of antiquity, Phideas, seems to have had
strong links with the island. There are two traditional versions:
The father of Phideas was from Tinos
This great sculptor taught art to the Tiniots during his period of exile.
A lucky coincidence brought him to Tinos when his ship, on the way to Delos,
was wrecked in the region of Kinia.
The island's artists played a considerable role in the development
of Modern Greek Fine Art. Eminent Tiniot artists are the founders of modern Greek
sculpture and painting.
Characteristic examples of traditional Tiniot art: dovecots, Tiniot
houses, churches and clock-towers, wicker work.
Today, a great number of artists works on Tinos, as well as many families
of sculptors, who keep the old traditions of the island alive and teach them to
a younger generation; a task which is sacred to them.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.
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