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Jacobides Georgios (1853-1932)

The first director of the National Gallery

  • Jacobides started out as a wood sculptor but eventually became one of the greatest Greek representatives of the School of Munich, where he studied under von Löfftz, von Lindenschmidt and von Max. His original mentor was Lytras.
  • From 1888 to 1900, recognition began streaming in: he received a number of distinctions from the cities of Athens, Paris, Berlin, Bremen, Münich, Trieste Barcelona.
  • In 1900, he was especially summoned from the king of Greece to take the helm of the newly-created National Gallery; in 1926, he was appointed as one of the 38 members of the new Athens Academy, which he withdrew from after reorganising the Fine Arts School in 1930. As the favourite portraitist of the royal family, he was truly one of a few wealthy Greek artists.
  • His work, which numbers over 200 oil paintings, can be found in many of the greatest museums on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to an admirable portraitist, he was also a very staunch naturalist. This led to accusations that he stifled the development of newer movements (such as impressionism) in Greece.