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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-28

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  • [01] PASOK in final phase of programme's preparation
  • [02] Rare 17th century icon identified

  • [01] PASOK in final phase of programme's preparation

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) President George Papandreou will chair on Thursday a joint meeting of the party's Political and Parliamentary Councils and the party's programme committee. The latter is due to present a draft governance programme for discussion.

    This is the last phase regarding the preparation of the main opposition party's programme, which will be completed with a party Congress on May 18-19.

    Papandreou on Friday will also chair a meeting of the Political Council which will elaborate its own proposals for the programme due to be submitted to the party's National Council. The latter will convene on Saturday in order to give the final touches to the "programme's framework" which, in its turn, will be presented for discussion to party members and to supporters.

    On Sunday morning, Papandreou is expected to address a party rally at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

    [02] Rare 17th century icon identified

    An icon reportedly painted by Emmanuel Tzanes, an influential artist of the so-called Cretan School of painting, has been discovered by accident when it was turned over for restoration work by a church in Kranidi, in the northeast Peloponnese of southern Greece.

    Culture Minister George Voulgarakis on Wednesday said the icon is unique and not registered in official catalogues, whereas it is preserved in good condition because it was displayed over recent years under a bullet-proof glass.

    The icon comes from the region of Nafplio, a noted Medieval town in the eastern Peloponnese, and dates to 1646. It depicts St. John the Baptist standing and holding a lamb in his arms. The saint's image is also framed by 12 miniature scenes of his life.

    According to art experts, the signature of the painter was covered when the icon was cased in silver back in 1760. The name of the artist was revealed when the silver case was removed to restorate the icon.

    The Cretan School is a noted school of painting, flourishing in the 16th and 17th centuries in Venetian-ruled Crete. The artists that were influenced by this style, including El Greco, developed a particular style of iconography blending both eastern and western traditions and artistic movements.

    Caption: A view of the rare 17th century church icon, dated 1646, the work of noted painter Emmanuel Tzanes on display Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007. ANA-MPA / STR

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