Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Portrait of Papa Demetrios, from Mount Athos

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Istanbul (Painted)

  • Date:

    1855 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 9

Mount Athos is a mountain on a peninsula in northern Greece, but is only accessible by sea. In modern Greece it is now known as the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain. There are 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries there, and the first monks arrived in the 4th Century. It was famous [or notorious] for not permitting women to live there or even visit. The Ottoman Sultans conquered this part of northern Greece in the 15th century, and kept control until 1912. They permitted the Monks to live as they had always done, provided they paid their taxes.

Physical description

Watercolour of a priest in black robes

Place of Origin

Istanbul (Painted)


1855 (Painted)


Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Papà Demetrios Monte Atos. 1855


Height: 34.9 cm Sight size, Width: 25.4 cm Sight size

Object history note

This is one of a group of 31 portraits, acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1900. They were once assembled in an album, but whether by Preziosi himself, or a member of his family, or subsequently, is not known.

Descriptive line

Portrait of Papa Demetrios, from Mount Athos, 1855. Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas, known as Amadeo, 5th Count Preziosi

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The People and Places of Constantinople. Watercolours by Amadeo, Count Preziosi
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings 1985

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.