"At The Courtauld, I met pioneer researchers, innovative and inspirational scholars, who motivated me to learn, and guided me toward skill development. Studying at The Courtauld made me reconsider and re-evaluate scientific process in a fundamental way. I learned a research methodology which enabled me to gain a complete understanding of new concepts beyond religious art. Since then, I have been exploring post-Byzantine art, mainly icon painting, and engaging in research projects on religious art, in Greece. My Stavros Niarchos Foundation scholarship made it all possible and liberated me from the finance burden, helping me focus on my studies with utmost commitment. It actually changed my life!"
Panorea Benatou, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and Head of the Benaki Museum Library, Athens, Greece
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholar 2000/01, MA 2001