Michael Damaskinos, a native of Crete, became famous as an iconographer at his time - referred 1570-1591. He developed the ability to work in different styles and to create excellent icons in the whole array, from impeccable byzantine to downright italian.
Besides, he worked in Venice for the paintings of the church of St. George of the Greeks. He showed a new way to a blending of the traditional orthodox with the contemporary western art, and had many imitators.
Michael Damaskinos, signed his works as poema of M. D. (done by M.D.).