In 2007, the Athens Academy member, painter Panagiotis Tetsis (Hydra island, 1925 – Athens, 2016) donated his grandparents’ home on Hydra Island to the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, in order for it to become after his passing a museum housing his works and studio.
Tetsis grew up on the island, and in this house he began painting. From the end of the 1980s until recently he used it as his base on the island, having transformed the upper floor sitting room into a studio. The house is a typical Hydriot home of the 19th to early 20th centuries and was also used for the family’s professional activities: one section of the ground floor was devoted to a traditional candle factory and grocery/tavern. The donor’s wish was to have the house preserved as a unit, encompassing both the family home, and these workshop settings, including the wine cellar in the basement, all of which are preserved intact. His artist’s studio was to be enriched with a set of his own donated paintings.
Today, after thoroughly documenting the house and its contents, the artist’s works and the objects (furniture, utensils, drawings, family photographs, personal items, archives, studio materials, workshop objects, bottles and boxes, scales, tools, candlemaking tools etc), they are all put on display in a manner highlighting the particular value of the ensemble.
The Tetsis Home & Workshop is open to all visitors, upon request, in cooperation with the personnel of the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Mansion (LKHM), the National Historical Museum annex on Hydra island. Works of Tetsis, all depicting views of the island, are also on display on the upper floor of the Lazaros Koundouriotis Historic Mansion.