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Spyros Petritakis

Spyros Petritakis
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University of Crete

Fellow in Research Area 3:"Future Perfect", April - September 2022

Spyros Petritakis received his PhD in art history from the University of Crete in Greece and is currently lecturer of the Fine Arts and Art Sciences Department at the University of Ioannina, Greece, where he teaches art theory and history of art. He graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Ioannina and obtained a Master Degree in History of Art from the University of Crete. His studies were supported by several scholarships, which allowed him to attend courses in art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and later in Berlin, where he researched for his dissertation. He has also pursued music theory, piano and composition studies. He has participated at conferences in Greece and abroad, and published articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in anthologies. In his thesis, Colour-Music Theories Among Symbolist and Theosophical Artists and Intellectuals, 1880-1914, he examines the way artists wove together theosophical and spiritual ideas with (pseudo)scientific and musical theories on sonorous and luminous vibrations against the background of the rise of esoteric movements in the late 19th century. His research interests and publications include the interrelations between painting and music, as well as the relationship between modern esotericism, art and politics, with a particular emphasis on the Symbolist movement at the end of the nineteenth century.