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Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum

Last Update: Nov 2013
Museum, Monuments of Modern Greece, Cultural heritage PLAKA , ATHENS , GREECE
(Est. 1976)
12, Theorias Street, 10555 PLAKA , ATHENS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 210 3212313, 3244447 , Fax: +30 210 3251509
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0900-1600
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0800-1500

Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum - Overview

  The museum was founded in 1976, after the private collection of Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos was donated to the Greek state. The Neoclassical building on the north slope of the Acropolis was erected in 1864 and was originally used as the mansion of the Michaleas family. In the 1960's-70's the building was purchased by the Greek state and restored to permanently house the collection of antiquities.
  The collections of the museum include:
•Clay and stone vases and figurines, jewellery, and weapons of the Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaean Civilization (3.000-1.200 B.C.)
•Clay vases and figurines from Attica, the Cyclades and Cyprus, dated to the Geometric period (1.000-700 B.C.)
•Clay vases, figurines and busts, jewellery, bronze weapons, and vessels from Attica, Corinth, Crete, Boeotia and the Aegean islands, dated to the Archaic period (7th-6th centuries B.C.)
•Black-figure and red-figure vases and white lekythoi from Attica and Boeotia (6th-5th centuries B.C.)
•Gold jewellery, sealstones and coins from Greek cities (6th century B.C.-4th century A.D.)
•Clay statuettes of New Comedy (5th century B.C.), Tanagraias (4th-3rd century B.C.)
•Lamps, bronze figurines, vases (4th century B.C.- 3rd century A.D.)
•Sculptures and inscriptions of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman era (5th century B.C.-3rd century A.D.)
•Funerary masks from Fayum (2nd-4th century A.D.), Coptic fabrics (6th-12th centuries A.D.)
•Gold jewellery, bronze crosses, vases and lamps of the Byzantine period (6th-12th centurie A.D.)
•Byzantine coins and leadsealings
•Liturgical vessels and wood-carvings of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period (9th-10th centuries)
•Icons of the 14th-19th centuries, many of which bear the subscriptions of their painters, mostly famous artists of the Cretan School, the School of Constantinople, and from Macedonia.
•Folk art jewellery, fabrics and elements of the popular garments and weapons, dated to the 18th and 19th centuries.
  The most important exhibits of the collection are:
Attic black-figure hydria. A scene from a chariot race is shown on the shoulder. The main metope on the belly of the vase includes a representation of five women bearing hydriae near a fountain house, possibly the Enneakrounos, the famous fountain in the Athenian Agora. Dated to ca. 530-520 B.C. Inv. no. 2499.
Black-figure amphora. The vase was made by the potter Nicosthenes and dates from the 6th century B.C. The main representation on the body depicts Satyrs and Maenads in orgiastic dance. The handles are covered with the figures of hoplites (warriors). Inv. no. 2570.
Terracotta figurine of a seated young woman holding a lyre, possibly identified as a Muse. It is a product of the Tanagraean workshop, dating from the 4th century B.C. Inv. no. 1708.
Marble head of Alexander the Great. Dated to the 2nd century A.D. Inv. no. 2497.
The Dormition of the Virgin. The icon is the work of the School of Constantinople, dated to the 14th century A.D. Inv. no. 122.
Decapitation of Aghia Paraskevi. The icon is signed by Michael Damaskenos and dates from the 16th century. Inv. no. 272.

Paul and Alexandra Kanellopoulos Museum - Map

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Museum exhibits • Weapons / Armour • Household items • Embroideries/ Woven fabrics • Statuettes - Figurines / Clay • Icons • Inscriptions • Pottery / Amphoras • Stelae / Funerary • Coins • Jewellery / Golden • Sculptures
Periods of the exhibits • Bronze Age, 3200-1050 BC • Ancient historical times, 1050 BC- AD 324 • Post-Byzantine period, 1453-1821 • Byzantine period, AD 324-1453

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