Tetsis Home & Studio on Hydra Island
Tetsis Home & Studio on Hydra Island

In 2007, the Athens Academy member, painter Panagiotis Tetsis (Hydra island, 1925 – Athens, 2016) donated his grandparents’ home on Hydra Island to the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, in order for it to become after his passing a museum housing his works and studio.

Tetsis grew up on the island, and this house is linked to his first attempts at painting and art in general. From the end of the 1980’s until recently he used it as his base on the island, having transformed the upper floor sitting room into a studio. The house is a typical hydriot home of the 19th- early 20th c. and was also used for the family’s professional activities: one aisle of the ground floor was devoted to a traditional candle manufactory and grocery shop-tavern. The donor’s wish was to have the house preserved as a unit, encompassing both the family home, and these workshop settings, including the wine cellar in the basement, all of which are preserved intact. His artist’s studio was to be enriched with a set of his own donated paintings.

Today, after thoroughly documenting the house and its contents, the artist’s works and the objects (furniture, utensils, drawings, family photographs, personal items, archives, studio materials, workshop objects, bottles and boxes, scales, tools, candlemaking tools etc), they are all put on display in a manner highlighting the particular value of the ensemble.

The Tetsis Home & Workshop is open to all visitors, upon request, in cooperation with the personnel of the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Mansion (LKHM), the National Historical Museum annex on Hydra island. Works of Tetsis, all depicting views of the island, are also on display on the upper floor of the LKHM.

Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Mansion, Hydra 18040

Visiting hours: 10.00 - 16.00 daily, from March 25th to the end of October

Tel.-fax: (+30) 22980 52421

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  • Shadow Theatre in Greece In collaboration with the Centre of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies in Granada and the University of Granada. Visitors will have the opportunity through a large number of exhibits, almost 1000, coming from private collections and institutions, to form a complete picture of the Greek Shadow Theatre.
  • Exhibition of Works of Periklis and Constantinos Byzantios On display in the four rooms in the basement is a collection of paintings by Periklis Byzantios and his son, Constantinos.
  • Exhibition of Works of Panagiotis Tetsis On display in the first floor os the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historical Mansion are watercolors and oil paintings of large dimensions with Hydriote subjects , donated by the artist himself.