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Nikolaos Doxaras (Νικόλαος Δοξαράς)(Kalamata, 1706/1710 – Zakynthos, 2 March 1775) was a Greek painter of the Heptanese School, born in the Ionian islands.[1][2]

Prophet Daniel, 107 x 195 cm Byzantine Museum, Zakynthos

He was the son of the Greek painter Panagiotis Doxaras. In 1729 he joined the Venetian army, and a studied painting in Venice. In 1738 he returned to the island of Leukas and in 1745 became an army officer. Between 1753 and 1762 he worked in Zakynthos.

Some of his works were destroyed in the earthquake of 1953, but others have been preserved in the National Art Gallery of Greece. An original work, The Birth of the Mother of God, remains at the Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos.

He continued the artistic tradition of his father when he replaced the Byzantine-style icon painting works by Italian-influenced painting. His works have been crucial for the orientation of Greek painting towards Italy.

Notes

^ Post-Byzantium: the Greek Renaissance : 15th-18th century treasures from the Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens by George Kakavas etal. 2002 ISBN 9602140534 page 41
^ "Zakynthos: Famous persons: Nikolaos Doxaras". Infoxenios tourism guide to Greece. Retrieved 26 September 2010.

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