5/50.- Knossos, the Cup Bearer frescoes


The frescoes discovered in fragments at Knossos belong to the New Palace period. They depict scenes of life, nature, beauty, joy, pleasant activities, ceremonial themes. One may find similarity with the manner of painting of the Egyptians,the side view with the frontal eye; yet the Minoans realized lively, vivid wall paintings in the wet fresco technique. The human bodies are young, athletic men, graceful, beautiful women in the spontaneous, natural even elegant pose. An element of singularity of Minoan art is the absence of conflict, combat, hunting scenes. This is also true for the architecture and civil planning of Minoan palatial centers: none of the unearthed Minoan palace has any fortifications or defensive walls. An indication that the Minoans lived in peace and prosperity on their island.

In this picture you can see the famous Cup Bearer fresco and reconstruction of the fresco of the Procession (dated 1400 BC) on the wall of the Great Propylaeum, along the Corridor of the Procession at Knossos.

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