National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum
Museum Type Art & Design
Address 1, Michalakopoulou str. - 50, Vas. Constantinou str.
Postal Code 115 28
Telephone210-7235857, 210-7216560, 210-7235937-8
Fax 210-7224689, 210-7224889
The National Art Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the most important institution in Greece devoted to the subject of the history of Greek and Western European art, has been in operation, in its present form, since 1976. The actual founding of the institution dates back to 1900, when the relevant decree was published and the duties of curator were undertaken by George Iakovides (1900-1918). Already, however, in 1834, within the framework of the new social organization - on Western European lines - of the newly-born Greek state, the decree "On Technological Collections" provided for the founding, in Athens, of a Museum of paintings and engravings.
Apart from the important donations, which continued to flow in, such as those of George Averoff, Aikaterini Rodocanachi, Gregorios Maraslis, Antonis Benakis, Theodoros Rallis, Nikiphoros Lytras, the French state - thanks to the initiative of Roger and Tatiana Milliex - Yiannoulis Halepas, Sophia Partheni, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yiannis Moralis and others, the art treasures of the gallery were enriched in the times of Zacharias Papantoniou and Marinos Kalligas, by purchases of important works, such as the "Concert of the Angels" by Domenicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), Lorenzo Veneziano's "Crucifixion", the "Virgin", a work of the 16th-cebtury School of nothern Italy, the exceptional collection of engravings from the 16th to the 20th century. In 1977, the splendid Euripides Coutlides collection was also added to the National Art Gallery, and the two collections, which complement each other, thus present a total view of the Greek 19th-century art.
Today, there is a speciazized library on the History of Art at the National Art Gallery. A complete photographic workshop has been set up, as well as a modern conservation workshop; also a wood restoration and carpentry workshop, while another service undertakes the conservation of paper. Finally, on the ground floor of the main building, has been created a Gallery of Sculptures, for the display of 19th and 20th-century sculptures.
General admission: € 6
Students and citizens over 65: € 3
Monday, Wednesday: 9.00-15.00, 18.00-21.00
Thursday to Saturday: 9.00-15.00, Sunday: 9.00-14.00, Tuesday: closed
From July 1st to October 31: Daily: 08.30 - 19.00, Monday: closed
Ioannis Altamouras: Boat at Spetses
Georgios Iakovidis: Bavarian Village
Thalia Flora-Karavia: Boy reading
El Greco (Dominikos Theotokopoulos): Christ on the Cross with the Two Maries and St John
Theodoros Vryzakis: Farewell at Sounio