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A walk in Corfu Museum of Asian Art in Greece

I recently visited Corfu again. I was studying there, therefore I spend 5 wonderful years of my life in that island. I know I may sound bit like an old lady, but let me be nostalgic for a moment. Corfu is a very beautiful place and I surely recommend it to anyone who loves golden beaches and cosmopolitan walks.

  
While I was there in the middle of June I decided to revisit the Corfu Museum of Asian Art and come a step closer to eastern culture.

  
While entering the imposing building I felt the humidity being dramatically decreased (high levels of moisture is extremely common in this island) and I thought I entered heaven. A spend 2 whole hours admiring the artworks, despite the fact that they didn’t quite meet my expectations.

  
In the first section, I came across a boring collection of dishes, baking pans and utensils of household use with plethora of drawn details.

As I was walking from one room to the other I faced a wide collection of Chinese statues of midium and small size. Most of them were figures of war gods and emperors, while on the other hand you could recognize plentiful statues of Buddha.

   

After that I was led to my favorite part, the painting rooms. There is substantial amount of traditional  paintings depicting everyday life, feasts and celebrations as well as portraits of common people. 

  
The canvases were put on dark menthol walls that were lower that the ones of the building allowing you small glimpses of the frescoes which were being part of the building that was previously being used as a palace. 

  
This missed detailed actually allows you to have a quick compare between eastern and european painting techniques. The first one is soft and polite and the second one is obviously imposing and dramatic.

 LAnd here’s a picture of of me being secretely happy in front of some stoneware pitchers. 
I surely recommend visiting this Museum, especially if you’re already heading to Corfu. It worthy your trouble for only 3€ for the entrance fee.

Enjoy your time until next time!

Artemis

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