CRETAN DOOR #07, Rethymno Old Town, Venetian Style Greek Door, Art Print, Ink and Watercolor, Architectural Poster, Home Décor, Crete Lover

CRETAN DOOR #07, Rethymno Old Town, Venetian Style Greek Door, Art Print, Ink and Watercolor, Architectural Poster, Home Décor, Crete Lover



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CRETAN DOOR #07, ink and watercolor, 2016
Venetian style door in the old town of Rethymno, Crete (Greece) with original Cretan "mantinada" (poetry)

This artwork was inspired by the amazing beauty of the sunny Greek island of Crete. The drawings are made with ink and watercolor. However, instead of using traditional tools like dip pen or ink marker, I prefer to draw with dry twigs cut by myself.

Translation of Cretan mantinada* used in this drawing:
"Is it the red color of your door or rather that of your cheeks, which makes me blush when I come to see you?"

The mantinada was written by Manolis Maragoudakis (age 64) from the tiny village of Vederi, Rethymno, exclusively for this work.

*The Cretan mantinades are 15–syllable rhyming couplets in the Cretan dialect of Greek. That's the unique way in which locals in Crete express their emotions of sorrow, joy, hope, desire, love, anger, revenge and nostalgia. According to historians, mantinades first appeared on the island of Crete in the 15th century, during the period of Venetian rule. Similar rhyming couplets are found on other Greek islands; however, the difference in Crete is that this very old tradition is still alive today, especially in the villages.

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13 shop reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Sean Sparkes Oct 13, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Received the Chania set of Cretan door artwork and it is fantastic. Beautifully drawn and a credit to any room decor- highly recommend.

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Joanie Duray Jul 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The prints are truly works of art! Dalius is a very talented artist, and we were so pleased with the quality of these beautiful prints. The doors are amazing and accurately evoke the architecture and true spirit of Crete. Everything was packaged beautifully and delivered promptly. We will not hesitate to purchase from Dalius again. These prints are simply perfect.

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sachristakis Mar 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I ordered several Cretan prints from Dalius and I'm so very pleased with the design and quality of each one, but also, the great service Dalius offered. He followed up with me to ensure that I had picked the right print size (I hadn't!) and to help me pick the best designs. While we live in the US, we are from Crete and can attest to the authenticity and wit in these mandinades. It's really nice to feel like we have a piece of home here in the US. Thank you, Dalius!

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Levi Sep 27, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

The prints look fantastic and arrived on time and in great condition. Can't wait to frame them for our living room!

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