Manuel Panselinos

Manuel Panselinos (Greek: Μανουήλ Πανσέληνος) was a Greek fresco and icon painter in the late Byzantine Empire. He was active in the region of Macedonia, and is the most prominent figure of the Palaiologan Renaissance and the Macedonian School of painting, centred at the Empire's second city, Thessaloniki.[1]

Manuel Panselinos
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Bornlate 13th century
Diedearly 14th century
Known forIconography and hagiography
MovementMacedonian School


Manuel Panselinos was born in the late 13th century in Thessaloniki. His primary works were iconography and frescos. His works can be found in several monasteries of Mount Athos: Vatopedi, Megisti Lavra, and the Protaton Church in Karyes. His most important work is the mural painting of the church of the Protaton. His contemporaries were Georgios Kalliergis, Michael Astrapas, and Eutychios Astrapas. Some historians believe Kalliergis was one of his students due to the similarity in painting styles.[2]

However, the tradition ascribing the Athonite paintings to Panselinos dates only from the 17th century, and it is only in the 18th century that Dionysios of Fourna claimed that he was born in Thessaloniki, and to have derived some of the rules in his own work from him.[3] Panselinos has sometimes been tentatively equated with Michael Astrapas or another member of the same family, but without firm evidence.[3]


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  1. ^ Tsigaridas, Euth. N. (2003). Manuel Panselinos from the Holy Church of the Protaton. Athens, Greece: Hagioritiki Estia. p. 5.
  2. ^ Alin, Trifa Razvan (March 2011). "MASTER MANUIL PANSELINOS AND THE MACEDONIAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING" (PDF). European Journal of Science and Theology. 7 (1): 13–23 – via European Journal of Science and Theology website.
  3. ^ a b Cutler, Anthony (1991). "Panselinos, Manuel". In Kazhdan, Alexander (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 1572. ISBN 0-19-504652-8.