Theodore Apsevdis

Theodore Apsevdis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Αψευδής, 1150–1215) was a Greek painter from Constantinople. He is one of the few Byzantine painters known by name. His contemporary in Italy was Alberto Sotio. Both painters were active during the same period. Apsevdis and Sotio were influenced by the Macedonian Renaissance and other art of the Byzantium. They were active during the Komnenian restoration. Apsevdis's work influenced the Palaeologan Renaissance. Several Italian artists who painted in the style were Coppo di Marcovaldo and Guido of Siena. Apsevdis and his contemporaries set the stage for the Italian and Cretan Renaissance. Some of his notable work is in Cyprus.[1][2][3][4][5]

Theodore Apsevdis
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Jesus Pantocrator
Died1215 (1216)
MovementByzatine Painting School


He was born in Constantinople sometime during the 12th century. Not much is known about his life. His painting style resembles the art of Constantinople. Historians have deduced he was from the city. He may have traveled all over the empire painting in different churches. His signature was found in one of the churches he painted in Cyprus. He is one of the few artists of the period whose name is known. Italian painter Alberto Sotio was the other known artist of the Italio-Byzantium during the same period. Many of Apsevdis's paintings survive until today. They are over 852 years old and are primarily in Cyprus. His main work is in Panagia tou Araka and Agiou Neofitou Paphos, Cyprus.[6]


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  1. ^ Romaine, James (2013). ReVisioning Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art. Cambridge, United Kingdom: The Lutterworth Press. p. 25. ISBN 978-1620320846.
  2. ^ Vasilaki, Maria (1997). The Portrait of the Byzantium. Cambridge, United Kingdom: The Lutterworth Press. p. 84, 89, 100. ISBN 9789605240196.
  3. ^ Piompinos, Phoivos I. (1984). Hellēnes hagiographoi mechri to 1821. Athens, Greece: Hellenic Society of Literature and Historical Studies. p. 487. ISBN 9789605240196.
  4. ^ Staff Writers (August 10, 2021). "The art of Theodore Apsevdis". The Cyprus Institute. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Staff Writers (August 10, 2021). "Catalog of the Byzantine Museum". The Cyprus Makarios Cultural Center. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Romaine, 1987, p. 191