Athens, June 28, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The exhibition “Byzantium through the centuries” opened its doors to the public at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The exhibition takes place during what 2016 has been mutually described as the Greece -Russia year.
The exhibition’s narrative starts from the early Byzantine period, when the echoes of antiquity was still intense, illuminating the multinational character of the Byzantine state, its relations with its neighbors and of course its turbulent history and continues to the years after the fall of Constantinople .
121 Byzantine art exhibits of high historical and artistic value, from 22 public museums and church collections in Greece.
The presentation was enriched with exhibits from the Hermitage which “converse” with the corresponding greek collections and ends with El Greco’s ”Saint Peter” from the National Gallery.
The inauguration took place on June 24 and Greece was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister, Ioannis Amanatidis and general secretary of the Culture and Sports Ministry, Maria Andreadaki – Vlazaki and Russia by Culture Minister V.R. Medinskiy.
The cooperation of the greek side with the Hermitage has already begun with the precursor exhibition of Scythian gold treasure in Acropolis Museum and the corresponding presentation in the Hermitage of the Archaic “Kore 670” of the Acropolis museum.
The exhibition “Byzantium through the ages” at the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, will last until October 2, 2016.