Panagia Antivouniotissa, an ornate church dating from the late 15th century, houses an outstanding collection of Byzantine religious art. The Byzantine Museum is one of the most interesting museums in Corfu with more than 50 icons from the 13th to the 17th century hanging on the walls.
A museum visit begins upstairs in the former sacristy where church silver, richly embroidered vestments, jewelled crosses, gold communion vessels and other Byzantine treasures are displayed. Downstairs, icons are displayed in chronological order. They feature popular Byzantine subjects, including the Virgin and Child, Christ Pantokrator and St George Slaying the Dragon.
Look for works by the celebrated icon painters Tzanes and Damaskinos; they are perhaps the best-known artists of the Cretan style of icon painting, with unusually muscular, active depictions of saints. Their paintings more closely resemble Renaissance art—another Venetian legacy—than traditional orthodox icons.