Greece Travel Guide


 Greek Island Guide

Greek History

Hotels of Greece



Iakovidis Museum

Iakovides Paintings from Museum in Lesvos

The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Art Museum

The Georgios Iakovidis Digital Art Museum is the first of its kind in Greece and one of the few in Europe. This Digital Museum uses new technologies to present the work and life of one of Greece's greatest painters, who was born in Lesvos, in the village of Xidera, where the museum is located.

Georgios Iakovidis, painter, GreeceThe first floor is devoted to his paintings, starting from his early years of study under his teacher Nikiforos Lytras and his mature work in Munich to the portraits of his grandchildren painted at the end of his life. As anyone who has visted the Louvre in Paris will tell you, the original paintings seem darker than expected. The digital images, as viewers of Iakovidis work will discover, bring out the colors that have been lost by the passage of time in the originals, so you are seeing them as they were meant to be seen by the artist when he actually painted them. The museum also has an illustrated chronological history of the artist's life on the first floor.

Georgios Iakovidis after leaving Xidera was educated mostly in Smyrna, Asia Minor and later received a scholarship to study in the Munich Academy of Art where he was taught by Karl von Piloty. He remained in Munich after he graduated and won numerous awards in international exhibits. He organized the National Gallery in Athens and was a professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts where he influenced generations of Greek artists. He never returned to Xidera.

The village of Xidera is not one you will find in many guidebooks, but it is a quiet agricultural town with a beautiful square and several traditional cafeneons, shaded by a large platanos tree. Also in Xidera is the Methymneos Winery which makes an excellent white, red and a rose from the ancient chidiriotiko grapes of the area. The winery is open to visitors too.

Children's Concert by Georgios Iakovides

Children's Concert

Cold Shower

Cold Shower

Giorgos Iakovides Girl Reading

Girl Reading

Grandma's Favorite by George Iakovides

Grandma's Favorite

The Favorite by Iakovides

The Favorite

See also Xidera, Methymneos Winery and Museums in Lesvos

Help Support Matt's 
Do you enjoy using my site? Have you found it entertaining as well as useful? If so please show your appreciation by booking hotels through the travel agencies and the links found on my Lesvos Hotels page. The small comission I make on the bookings enable me to keep working and in most cases you won't find them any cheaper by searching elsewhere. You can find hotels, apartments, rooms and even houses through's Lesvos Pages which also contributes to my website when you book.

Join Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides Group on Facebook for comments, photos and other fun stuff. If you enjoy this website please share it with your friends on Facebook. If you are appreciative of all the free information you get on my websites you can send a donation through Paypal Or you can use Venmo at

Return to Lesvos Index

Matt Barrett's Greece Travel Guides