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By Maria Gregoriou

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the A.G. Leventis Gallery in Nicosia yet, the first international temporary exhibition entitled The Nativity Stories may be just the collection of art to do with the festive season to give you your first look at the gallery.

This exhibition traces the depictions of the nativity from the Byzantine tradition and western Medieval art to the 17th century, while also going beyond the Baroque period, which was the stepping stone towards the Renaissance and the Classical era.

As we are all familiar with the nativity story, we can look at any depiction of the event and relate it to the holy texts. With this in mind three photographers, Stelios Kallinikou, Matt Crossick and Guillaume Onimus, were asked to approach afresh some historical representations of the Nativity by photographing famous paintings of the nativity in churches, museums and other institutions. Their finished works create an artistic reading focusing on the juxtaposition of image and understanding, as well as the public’s response on viewing the works of art.

A brief independent audio-guide will be available for viewers and the gallery will also be offering free thematic tours of the exhibition which will be running until March 2.

The Nativity Stories
International temporary exhibition. Until March 2. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia. Everyday except Tuesday: 10am-5pm and Wednesday: 10am-10pm. Tel: 22-668838

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