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Athens School of Fine Arts

The courtyard of the Athens School of Fine Arts with the imposing smokestack.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1837 Founded as “School of Arts”.

    1910 Becomes an autonomous school, which is appertained to National Technical University.

    1997 It is housed in the complex of Pireos Street (old industry of Hellenic Weaving Mills SA).

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

It is considered by many to be the leading university institute of arts in the country. The school administration building is located at the National Technical University of Athens. The building complex on Pireos Street houses the main activities, such as workshops, amphitheatres, exhibition spaces, library, theatre (144 seats) and cinema. The complex consists of a neoclassical building and one or two storey buildings with clear modernist references.

What I can't see

Originally named the “Royal School of Arts” or “Polytechnic School”, it was first housed in the Vlachoutsis house on Pireos Street. The studies lasted for one year and were free, but there were strict rules. Among the top teachers of the school were the Hansen brothers, Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun (Duchess of Plakentia), Pierre Bonirote, Konstantinos Parthenis, Emmanuel Thomopoulos and Konstantinos Dimitriadis. During the German Occupation and the military junta, the school went through the most difficult phases of its history. Its library is the oldest (since 1937) and largest library of fine arts in the country. Also, its gallery is famous for its variety of activities. Finally, the school, which cooperates with foreign museums, has developed 8 branches/ art stations in various parts of the country such as Delphi, Lesvos, Mykonos, Rethymnon, Rhodes, Hydra, Tselepovo, and Paros.


One of the events that take place is Athens Video Dance Project:


  • Address: 256 Pireos St.
  • Postal Code : 18233
  • Phone: +30 2104801260
  • Website:


Yohalas T., Kafetzaki Τ., (2013), Αθήνα, Ιχνηλατώντας την πόλη με οδηγό την ιστορία και τη λογοτεχνία [Athens, Tracing the city guided by history and literature], ESTIA Bookstore


Main Page of Athens School of Fine Arts (2021), in

Last visit 18/1/2021


Christofoglou M. E., (2003), Εικαστικές Τέχνες, [Visual Arts] in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770- 2000, [History of modern Hellenism, 1770-2000] v.10, p.p. 277-294