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An exhibition on St. Nicholas opened in Bari, Italy with Cypriot contribution
2006-12-07 09:57:02

Nicosia, Dec 4 - An exhibition titled ''Saint Nicholas, masterpieces of art in East and West'', with seven icons from Cyprus, opened on Wednesday in Bari, Italy.

The exhibition, which is under the auspices of the Italian President, is organised by Bari Municipality, Apulia District, Bari University, the Antiquities Office of Bari and Foggia, the Archbishopric of Bari and the metropolitan church of Saint Nicholas of Bari.

It constitutes a long journey of fifteen centuries, across the continents, from Myra of Lycia in Asia Minor to Constantinople, from the Mediterranean to Orthodox Russia, from the Levant to Roman Catholic Italy, from Moslem Turkey and Albania to the Protestant Netherlands and from there to the island of Manhattan in New York.

Cyprus is participating in the exhibition with seven icons from the 13th century to the late 16th century. Five of the icons are from the Byzantine Museum of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation and the other two from the Morphou Metropolis.

The journey passes through art, with stops at the most important artists who depicted with their paintbrush scenes from the life and miracles of Saint Nicholas and maintained in eternity the ecumenical dimension of the saint, such as Beato Angelico, Paolo Veneziano, Lorenzo Monaco, Andrea Orcagna, Lorenzo Lotto, Corrado Giaquinto, Alvise e Bartolomeo Vivarini, Jan Steen and Andy Warhol.

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