Working on the frescos
Fresco on a wall
Archaeological site of Akrotiri
Panoramic view of Fira
Fira Santorini panoramic view
Elias is a professional arts conservator, with massive experience in studying, preserving and restoring the Santorini prehistoric wall frescos. He will take his guests through an amazing journey towards discovering the techniques used in creating these frescos, the materials used and the artistic themes that they depict
WHAT you will LEARN:
Santorini prehistoric wall fresco creation techniques
Materials used, artistic styles, creation stages
The themes that are depicted and their symbolisms
Elias – Santorini, a study in the prehistoric frescos creation
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Based on Elias’ professional expertise, the guests will plunge into the techniques used to create the renowned Santorini ancient wall frescos that can be seen in the prehistoric Acrotiri settlement. They will learn about the materials used as well as their specific artistic style, and will have a chance to explore the different stages of fresco creation. They will also learn the various themes that are depicted, and the symbolism that is conveyed
Place of ORIGIN: Santorini
LIVES in: Fira, Santorini
LOVES: gardening, cooking, travelling, the arts
Has TRAVELLED to: many cities in Europe
Personal TRAITS: very friendly and hospitable, with an excellent ability to convey his expertise and love for the arts to his guests
Elias Vlavianos is your Host
Elias is a conservation connoisseur and has extensive studies in greek ancient and byzantine painting and frescos, with a long professional experience in the preservation of the archaeological sites of Acrotiri and Ancient Thira, in Santorini. In addition, over the last 8 years he has been running an arts gallery together with a fully equipped workshop, where he preserves, creates and exhibits excellent hand-made replicas of the Santorini frescos
Place: Fira, Santorini
Meeting Point: Fira, the Host’s Gallery, opposite to the Santorini Town Hall (detailed instructions, after booking is finalized)
Timetable: 11.00-12.00, 13.00-14.00, 15.00-16.00
Price: 35 euros per person
Availability: 15 March – 30 September, Sundays are excluded
Group size: 10 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: this is an opportunity for guests who appreciate art, to explore the renowned authentic Santorini fresco creation and conservation techniques, as presented by a real arts connoisseur who has devoted his professional life to this subject
Fira, Santorini - Where the Experience will take place
What wikipedia says
Santorini and officially Thira is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, with an area of approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 15,550. The municipality of Santorini includes the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana. The total land area is 90.623 km2 (34.990 sq mi). Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit.
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon is connected to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, makes it impossible for any but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; there is also a fisherman's harbour at Vlychada, on the southwestern coast. The island's principal port is Athinios. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine, and have a small presence of hornblende.
It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The volcanic arc is approximately 500 km (310 mi) long and 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi) wide. The region first became volcanically active around 3–4 million years ago, though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the extrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri.
The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
Santorini's primary industry is tourism. The two main sources of wealth in Santorini are agriculture and tourism. In recent years, Santorini has been voted one of the world's most beautiful islands (2015 Travelers” Choice Awards Reader's Choice Awards, amongst others). The expansion of tourism has resulted in the growth of the economy and population. The major settlements include Fira (Phira), Oia, Emporio, Kamari, Perissa, Imerovigli, Pyrgos, and Therasia. Akrotiri is a major archaeological site, with ruins from the Minoan era. Santorini remains the home of a small, but flourishing wine industry, based on the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety. White varieties also include Athiri and Aidani, whereas red varieties include mavrotragano and mandilaria.