Lectures 2005
9/25/2020
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"The temple of Saint Irini in Aiolou Street and Spyridon Hatzigiannopoulos" Vlaxava Dimitra

The church constitutes an achievement closely bound to tradition but this does not mean that it does not also belong to its era.” Dionisis Zivas. The temple of Saint Irini in Aiolou Street was built in the middle of 19th century  and that is the reason why it is examined within the sociohistorical framework of the post-revollution period. The architecture of the 19th century is defined by Neoclassicism and the creation of a new type of order, Greek-Byzantine, while the Nazarins dominate in painting.

The church of Saint Irini was built by Kaftatzoglou in a strictly Neoclassical order, was illustrated by Spyridon Hatzigiannopoulos according to the Nazarin models while the decoration was undertaken by the jewelers Kottas and Petas. The pictorial plan of the temple is particularly restricted and in several walls, there are extracts from the Holy Bible. The twelve-feast is absent from the temple, while the figures of saints are minimal. The most important murals are those of Saint Paul teaching at the Supreme Court and that of Jesus teaching the Jews in Jerousalem.

The illustration/iconography of Saint Irini is regarded as the most important achievement of Hatzigiannopoulos who was established as the most significant representative of ecclesiastical painting of the second half of the 19th century