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21 facts about Nikolaos Kantounis

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By Gwylym Owen

Nikolaos Kantounis (Greek: Νικόλαος Καντούνης; 1767, – 1834) also knows as Kandounis. He was a priest, painter and teacher. He was a Greek painter that did not follow the normal Maniera Greca. He began to incorporate the Maniera Italiana to the Heptanese School. Panagiotis Doxaras distorted the Greek style of painting. He was the father of the Greek Rococo and the Modern Greek Enlightenment in art. Kantounis, Panagiotis Doxaras, Nikolaos Doxaras and Nikolaos Koutouzis were anything prolific members of the Heptanese School. Kantounis was one of the most important painters in the Neoclassical Period in Greece. He was a representative of the center to late Modern Greek Enlightenment in Greek art. Over 164 of his paintings have survived. He influenced countless painters both Greek and Italian. He is known for painting many portraits. He can be likened to El Greco. Some of his works resemble the style of Nikolaos Doxaras. His instructor was famous painter Nikolaos Koutouzis. He was a fanatic of the secret management for Greek Independence called the Filiki Eteria.

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