A unique coloring book is the new edition of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation. The aim of the book is to introduce children, as well as art-loving adults, to original images from the Eastern European travellers’ accounts who visited Asia Minor, which is digitised and presented in our website “Travelogues“.

Foreign travellers coming from the north and west of Europe to the Mediterranean, from as early as the 15th century, often visited the Asia Minor coastline as well. The majority of them sought to collect and study antiquities, but some had a broader sphere of interest, which included the natural environment, society and daily life. They recorded their experiences from the journeys in journals and publications, which most of them embellished with gouaches, sketches and engravings, created either by themselves or by some accompanying artists.

Presenting images from Asia Minor serves as a tribute to these long-lost cradles of Hellenism which was so abruptly displaced at 1922.

On the left-hand pages of the book you will find the original artwork and short texts on the author/artist and the theme depicted. Scanning the QR code, you will be directed to the digital source of the image, in “Travelogues”. On the right-hand pages, the pictures are reproduced in a simplified manner, which you are welcome to colour, creating your own piece of art!

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