Velimezi Collection at Hermitage

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The post-Byzantine-era icons of the Velimezi Collection, acquired in 2008 by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, will be on display in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum – titled “Holy Images: the Greek Icons from the Velimezis Collection” – opening today and running to December 13, 2009, under the auspices of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias. The travelling exhibition was launched in 1997 and has already been displayed in 19 state capitals. The Velimezi Collection comprises a total of 91 rare post-Byzantine icons, dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, representative of various workshops in different parts of the Greek-speaking world.