MINIATIS Georgios (1820-1895) “Two Children with Grapes”, 1870

Two Children with Grapes (1870)

A painter with a strong artistic and intellectual presence, both in Greece and in Rome and Florence, where he lived periodically, Miniatis painted both historical representations as well as genre scenes of themes drawn mainly from literature. The painting in the Averoff Museum depicts a scene featuring children; such subjects were abundant in the second half of the 19th century in popular Italian art. The painting shows some weaknesses both in the draping of the clothing and in the figure of the little girl whose face and gestures are better suited to a mature woman. Nevertheless, it is a typical example of the genre style that evolved in the Ionian Islands in the last quarter of the 19th century.