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President visits art gallery

Visitors stand before paintings at the Kallithea municipal art gallery in southern Athens, which was officially inaugurated yesterday by President Costis Stephanopoulos. The art gallery is housed in a renovated neoclassical building belonging to the family of Sophia Laskaridou, the first woman painter to enter the Athens School of Fine Arts. It is named after her and contains several of her personal effects. The larger of the two was used between the first century BC and the third century AD. It contained an olive press, large tanks where the oil was collected, what was probably a wine press and a building where purple dye was extracted from murex shells.