Marina Lambraki-Plaka, Director of the National Gallery, Dies at the Age of 83

ATHENS – Marina Lambraki-Plaka, director of the National Gallery, died at the age of 83 early on Monday.

She was born in Arkalochori, Heraklion, Crete. She studied at the Department of History and Archeology of the University of Athens (1959-1964) and concluded her postgraduate studies in the same department in Classical Archeology with a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) and on the subject: “Prosocratic Philosophy and Art”.

In 1965-1968 she attended the History of Art lectures by Professor Pantelis Prevelakis at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Later she undertook a three-year postgraduate studies degree in the History and Sociology of Art at Paris I, Sorbonne on an SSF scholarship.

She was unanimously elected Professor at the Chair of History of Art at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1975, making her the first woman professor of the school.

A unique moment in her career was when she became director of the National Gallery in 1992, where during her career the gallery was refurbished, new annexes opened (Corfu, Nafplio, the National Glyptotheque at Goudi, the Kapralos Museum on
Aegina), 3,000 works of art were acquired, including two masterpieces by Theotokopoulos (El Greco). Additionally, major exhibitions by Greek and international artists were organized and well-received, logging approximately 5.5 million visitors. All these activities were funded between 60-100% by sponsorship.

Marina Lambraki – Plaka was an art historian, archaeologist, and Emeritus Professor of Art History at the School of Fine Arts. Since 1992 she has served as the Director of the National Gallery- Alexandros Soutsos Museum. Among others, she was also Alternate Education Minister during the period August 28-September 23, 2015.

A few of her honorary distinctions include the Kazantzakis Prize of the City of Heraklion, Crete, Elected Greek Candidate for the “Woman of Europe” Award, “Ariadne” Award by the Pancretian Union of America, and 1st State Prize for Essay and Criticism for the book on Painting – Alberti and Leonardo.

She has published 21 books and more than 200 papers and articles in academic magazines and newspapers; has written more than 100 essays for exhibition catalogs.


ATHENS - The demand for Greece as tourist destination remains high for the current season at the international markets, something that is certified by the programmed air seats for the next two weeks at all Greek airports.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.