About History – Conservation of the Gelati Frescos

Frescos at the Church of the Virgin at Gelati

Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. The Monastery is among the most important cultural landmarks of Georgia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex contains the Church of the Virgin founded by David the Builder (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) in … Continue reading

About Sights – Medea Monument in Batumi

The Medea monument in winter

The Medea monument in Batumi was designed by Davit Khmaladze and erected in Europe Square in 2007. In Greek mythology, Medea was a daughter of King Aieti (Georgian: აიეტი), the king of Kolkheti in present day western Georgia. Medea helped Jason to steal the legendary Golden Fleece (Georgian: ოქროს საწმისი). The Kolkhetian people developed an expertise in the smelting … Continue reading

About Sights – Ajara State Museum of Art

Ajara State Art Museum_2

The Ajara State Museum of Art (Georgian: აჭარის ხელოვნების სახელმწიფო მუზეუმი) in Batumi was founded in 1998 and houses a collection of paintings, sculptures,graphic works and decorative art by Georgian and foreign artists. The museum’s 500 exhibits include paintings by famous Georgian artists such as Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili and Elene Akhvlediani. The post-1950 collection, by contemporary … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings of Old Tbilisi by Giovanni Vepkhvadze

A painting of Old Tbilisi by Giovanni Vepkhvadze

Georgian artist Giovanni Vepkhvadze was born in Tbilisi in 1949 and graduated from Tbilisi’s State Academy of Arts in 1973. His work has attracted international acclaim and his series of paintings depicting Old Tbilisi are especially well known and admired. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and … Continue reading

About Sights – Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s greatest artists. Born in the village of Mirzaani in the Kakheti region, he taught himself to paint but it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. The Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum was established in Pirosmani’s home … Continue reading

About Art – Shalva Kikodze

Khevsureti (1920) by Shalva Kikodze

Shalva Kikodze (Georgian: შალვა ქიქოძე) (1894 – 1921) was a Georgian expressionist painter, graphic artist and cartoonist. After studying at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture he returned to Georgia to work as a theater decorator for Jabadari Theater in Tbilisi. In 1921 Kikodze moved to Paris where his work was exhibited in … Continue reading

About Art – Sign Boards Painted by Niko Pirosmani


Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s greatest artists. Self-taught, he led an impoverished life and it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. He produced an immense number of paintings, including sign boards for shops and inns, many of which have been lost … Continue reading

About Art – Bronze Statuettes in Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Avenue

Bronze Statuette in Rustaveli Avenue_3 - Copy

Rustaveli Avenue (Georgian: რუსთაველის გამზირი) in central Tbilisi is named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli. The Avenue starts at Freedom Square and extends for about 1.5 km. Small bronze statues of old Georgian characters line both sides of the avenue for much of its length. The statues were sculpted by talented young Georgian … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings by Elene Akhvlediani

Painting by Elene Akhvlediani

Elene Akhvlediani (Georgian: ელენე ახვლედიანი) (1898–1975) was a 20th century Georgian painter, graphic artist, costume designer and theater decorator. She is particularly known for her beautiful depictions of Georgian towns. Her studio in Tbilisi is now a museum (12, Kiacheli str., 0108, Tbilisi) exhibiting her landscape paintings, graphics, and set design works of different periods. … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings of Tbilisi by Borys Romanowski

Borys Romanowski a Polish painter in Georgia_5

Borys Romanowski (1879-1947) was a Polish artist who lived and worked in Tbilisi in the first half of the 20th century. His use of rich, earthy colors provide a vivid picture of daily life in Georgia’s capital. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA … Continue reading

About Sights – Statues in Tbilisi

Nino Ramishvili and Iliki Sukhishvili by Zurab Weretheli

Like most capital cities, Tbilisi honors famous people with statues and monuments. These are some of them. The sculpture of a man holding a horn in Tbilisi is modeled on an ancient Colchian statuette and is affectionately known as ‘Tamada’ (Georgian: თამადა) – toastmaster at Georgian feasts. The sculpture can be found at the beginning … Continue reading

About Art – Vasil Roinashvili (ვასილ როინაშვილი)

Vasil Roinashvili with his wife (1905)

Vasil Roinashvili (ვასილ როინაშვილი) (1879-1958) studied the basics of photography in the studio of the famous Georgian photographer Alexander Roinashvili before traveling to Europe and Russia. In 1905 he returned to his homeland, settled in Telavi and married Sophio Kazakhashvili. He built a house and made a photo studio on the first floor. He also created a garden that … Continue reading

About History – 19th Century Georgia in The Illustrated London News

Page from the Illustrated London News dated 1873 - entitled 'Betrothal in Georgia'

Established by printer and newsagent Herbert Ingram The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. The first issue appeared on Saturday 14 May 1842 and by 1863 the newspaper was selling more than 300,000 copies every week, a huge circulation in comparison to other British newspapers of the time. From about 1890 onward The Illustrated London News made increasing … Continue reading

About Art – Ivan Petrovich Pranishnikoff

Ivan Pranishnikoff

Ivan Petrovich Pranishnikoff was born in Kursk in Russia in 1841. During his life he was a painter, businessman, journalist, illustrator, cartoonist, translator, friend of Turgenev and friend and official painter of Tsar Alexander III. He fought for the unification of Italy alongside Garibaldi, and participated in the war of independence of Montenegro.  Pranishnikoff was … Continue reading

About History – The Photography of Dmitri Ermakov

Bread stall in Tiflis

Dmitri Ivanovich Ermakov was born in Tiflis (the old name for Tbilisi) in Georgia in 1846. After graduating from the military topographic academy in Ananuri he opened his own photographic studio in Tiflis and by the end of the 1870s he was a renowned photographer, winning awards in many exhibitions in Moscow, Italy, Turkey and … Continue reading


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