Mount Athos Art to be Exhibited

THESSALONIKI, Greece---For the first time, an enormous treasury of Byzantine art objects will leave the precincts of Mount Athos to be exhibited in Thessaloniki, Europe's Cultural Capital for 1997.

The exhibit, which opens in June in the newly expanded Museum of Byzantine Civilization, will include 108 Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons (from the total Athos collection of about 15,000); 120 illuminated manuscripts; 120 miniatures; 30 elaborate embroideries; 25 ancient seals and coins from various Greek Orthodox monasteries, as well as woodcuts, sculptures and ceramics.

The objects on display will include liturgical and ecclesiastical objects, as well as everyday tools, utensils and furniture used in the daily lives of the sheltered monks.

For details, call the Greek National Tourist Organization in New York at (212) 421-5777.

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