Finding Inspiration in Classic Images
Nikiphoros Lytras, Kalanta (Carols)
oil on canvas, 1872
I am sending you this beautiful painting of carol singers. It is by the Greek painter Nikiphoros Lytras, an artist from Tinos who trained in Athens at the School of Arts and then at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Alongside Konstantinos Volanakis and Nikolaos Gyzis he is one of the finest Greek exponents of the Munich School. His work is characterised by naturalism, historic subjects, portraits and the chiaroscuro style. Note the signature at the bottom left of the painting: Ν. ΛΥΤΡΑΣ.