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Shore excursion - The Fine Arts of Corfu
Together with our professional guide a Fine Arts Major, you will visit Corfu’s Museum of Fine Arts where you will be introduced to the important painters and their works that have influenced art and artists throughout Modern Greece.
This tour includes:
- Transportation in private, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
- Professional English (or your chosen language) speaking licenced tourist guide
- Visit to the Municipal Art Gallery in Corfu Town
- Free time for shopping and/or dining in Corfu Town
This private shore excursion was specially designed for art lovers. It intends to introduce you to a wide range of the monuments... so at least you are familiar with the myriad. An ideal half day tour if you want to learn more about the history of art in Corfu. You will visit the largest art gallery in Corfu together with a professional guide, who has a university degree in Fine Arts and will be able to explain in detail the painting techniques and other interesting facts about the works in the gallery.
Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu
Since the 19th century Corfu has produced many important figures in the field of fine arts. Housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the Municipal Art Gallery began operation in 1978. The gallery became a recognised public institution in 1991 in an effort to make it's, mainly donated, works more widely known. Besides the permanent and temporary exhibitions, lectures, art history courses, educational programs and concerts are also organised there.
Most of the works in the gallery are by 19th century local artists. Amongst the most important being the Samartzis Collection, 42 works, Aglaia Pappa Collection, 23 works, Phillip Makotsi Collection, 12 works, and while two more works were donated by Nikolas Ventouras. The Corfiot artists of note include Pavlos Prosalentis Snr, the founder of the first School of Fine Arts in Corfu, H. Pachis, A. Giallinas, S.Skarvelis, S. Prosalentis, M. Damaskinos, V. Bokatsiampis, G. Samartzis and the painters and sculptors L. Kogevinas and N. Ventouras.
The tour continues with a short drive into centre of Corfu Town where you will have some free time to visit the Old Town, where the narrow, cobbled streets are known as Kantounia, the Espianada and the cricket ground. You can stroll along the Liston arcades, visit the one of the Fortresses or the old Church of Saint Spyridon, with its priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the Patron Saint of Corfu.