Traditionally and erroneously identified as the Despot Demetrios
as Monk, it is actually the portrait of a stratioto of the same name,
from the Morea or Zakythos, and a prominent member of the Greek community of Venice. He wears normal Venetian male dress, not
the garb of a monk. This is one of the two stratioto portraits known,
and so very valuable for that.
Petrop. gr. 118, 385v.
Tomb of Theodoros I Palaiologos, Despot of the Morea.
Left, Theodoros as Despot; right, as monk.
Church of the Hodegetriea, Vrontochion Monastery. Mistra
This image was erroneously identified by Gabriel Millet as Theodoros II who, in fact, was buried in
the Pantokrator in Constantinople and who never was a monk. The misinformation has been
regularly reprinted in the two main guidebooks sold at Mistra.
Despot Demetrios ?(above)
Patriarch Joseph II &
Theodore of Gaza
arriving at the Council of Florence
Details from The Journey of the Magi.
Benozzo Gozzoli. 1459-1461.
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence
Patriarch Joseph, detail,
Vivarini, Adoration of the Magi
Fresco portrait of Joseph II
over tomb in Sta. Maria della Fiore, Florence
Patriarch Joseph II with John VIII
Detail from Miracles of S. Bernadino,
attributed to Fiorenzo di Lorenzo.
Right: Patriarch Joseph II
Paris Gr, 1783, f.
Andronicus IV, Johm VII, Manuel II,
John VIII, Constantine XI, Constantine I.
Mutin. gr. 122, f. 294v.
John V, Manuel II, John VIII
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
Cod. gr. 1783, f. 2.
Manuel Laskaris Chatzikes +1445
Mehmed II making Gennadios Scholarios
Patriarch of Constantinople
20th C Mosaic, Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul
Inv. 9849 bix,
Département des Dessins
Musée du Louvre