The Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation

The Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation was established by Effie Michelis in 1979. The Foundation is a legal entity of private law administered by a five-member Board of Directors. The Foundation’s mandate is to study and promote aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

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Panayotis Michelis was an architect, mostly a theoretician of architecture. Effie Michelis was a naive painter and founding member of the Fédération Internationale Culturelle Féminine. An intellectual couple, both members of the renowned Generation of the Thirties, sharing a vision.

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“Around a hundred years ago, Athens was a small city littered with ancient remains. Athens was home to a girl called Effie. Effie dreamed of becoming an artist. She learned to observe the world around her – the squares and parks, shops and cafes, children playing or walking to school, even carefree animals wandering about.

Effie painted scenes of daily life as she perceived it, in all its simplicity, peacefulness and delight. She painted the Greek countryside. She painted cities, neighborhoods, squares. She painted villages, the rustic authentic lives of people and the nature around them. The more she painted people and scenes from their daily lives, the more she felt close to humanity.”

The Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation Library of Aesthetics specialises in aesthetics, architecture, the fine arts, the philosophy of art, and philosophy in general. The provenance of the core holdings is the personal collection of Panayotis Α. Michelis and his wife, Effie.


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Richard Woodfield Collection

The donation of a valuable book collection on philosophy, aesthetics, and the history of art by the British professor of philosophy Richard Woodfield, first vice president of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA), has contributed to the internationally recognised importance of the Foundation’s Library of Aesthetics. The Richard Woodfield Collection is a distinct division of the Library, comprising 1,000 items and counting.