Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Theotokopoulos St

old town topanas hania chania

The sign denotes the name of a street - written in Greek and English - in Hania (all street signs in Greece are in this format). It also tells us in Greek that the street is named after 'a Cretan artist'. Theotokopoulos was perhaps one of the most famous artists in his time, known right throughout the medieval art world. His family originated from Hania, but he was born in Herakleion. All Cretans claim him as one of their own people. There was a film made recently about his life. In fact, the whole world has heard about Theotokopoulos - but under a different name.

Do you know him? Yes, you do, that's what's so odd about him. Have a look at his art work and find out the name the whole world knows him by.

(I'm away on a mini-break - see you again later in the week.)


  1. "Another day at school." I so often learn things from your blog!

  2. agree 100% with louise!
    thank you.

  3. χάρη σε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους όπως ο Θεοτοκόπουλος ακούστηκε η Ελλάδα παντού. Καλά να περάσεις

  4. Dominikos Theotokopoulos is the well-known EL GRECO, a perfect artist! We're very proud that he's Greek and Greece has been heard in the whole world because of him!

    I hope you have a nice time wherever you are!!!

  5. Hello Med.Kiwi

    All the best for your vacation.

    By the way shouldn't he be called Theotokakis? :-D (Just joking)

    Have fun!

  6. What a wonderful quiz! Yes, of course -- El Greco. I had forgotten that he had come from Crete.