Hieromonk Dionysios of Fourna
Hieromonk Dionysios (or Dionysius) was a renowned iconographer from the village of Fourna, Eurytania who painted on the Holy Mountain during the early 18th century. The artistic production of that time on Mount Athos and in the major urban centers of the period (Thessaloniki, Kastoria, Moschopolis, Serres, etc.) were definitively marked by his works, alongside of those of other artistic contemporaries such as David from Selenitza, Albania and Cosmas from Limnos.
With the assistance of his learned disciple, Hieromonk Cyril Photeinos from Chios, he composed a comprehensive iconography handbook entitled Interpretation of the Art of Painting (published in 1909), also widely known as The Painter’s Manual. Being an ardent admirer of Emmanuel Panselinos, the leading iconographer during the first Palaiologos dynasty, Dionysios encouraged his pupils to thoroughly study and emulate the former iconographer’s work as he himself had done, as he characteristically would say “since childhood.”
With the help of his small brotherhood, he adorned with frescoes and icons the cell of the Glorious Forerunner John in Karyes of the Holy Mountain (where he lived as a monk), the temple of the Protaton, the Skete of Kavsokalyvia, the Athonite Monasteries of Koutloumousiou, Karakallou, Aghios Paulos, Docheiariou and Zographou, as well as the Museum Crypt of Saint Alexander Nevsky in Sophia, the Kanellopoulou Museum in Athens, the Church of Saints Marina and Antony in Serres, the central church of the Monastery of the Glorious Forerunner John in Skopelos, temples and chapels in Cyprus, Meleniko in Bulgaria, Fourna of Eurytania and Augerinos of Kozani.