Polygnotos Vagis was born in 1894 in Potamia and at age 19 was recruited in the US Navy. He soon shifted to New York and became a citizen of America. Vagis studied art at the University of Beaux Arts Institute and became one of the most renowned artists in the US. On his first trip to Greece in 1963, he decided to donate a few of his artwork to the Greek government provided they showcase his artwork in a national museum or a library in Thasos.
Today, the Polygnotos Vagis Museum keeps his legacy alive by showcasing some of his most iconic artworks seen in the collection of 98 sculptures and 15 paintings. The artists had two styles that are dominantly seen here- the series that is inspired by Greek mythology and another series that is more contemporary and abstract. What made him stand out from other artists of his generation was his use of bronze, plaster, wood, granite, copper, gypsum, stone, concrete and marble which gave a wide variety and helped to emote through his work.
Highlights of the collection include “The Man God”, sculptures of fishes, human busts and other abstract paintings that use vivid colours and stark contrast.
Entrance Ticket Details For Polygnotos Vagis Museum
- Admission to the place is free of cost.
How to Reach Polygnotos Vagis Museum
- By Bus: Thassos Main Bus Station (10.7 kilometers away)
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car/ Bike/ Quad Bikes/ Scooter.
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