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Minoan Procession Fresco

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Gifted artists among the ancient Minoans were able to create surprisingly lifelike works of art, as we see in this in this procession fresco. It was painted on one of the walls in their palace at Knossos, accompanied by numerous other frescoes. The beautiful Minoan society had many palaces and luxurious villas scattered across Crete which were richly furnished. And among the most popular forms of decoration they used were their frescoes — like this one — which were painted while the plaster on the wall was still wet. Since the picture was then part of the wall, it lasted a very long time. This procession fresco dates from around 1550 BC.

And since the Minoans held their goddess in high esteem, it was only natural that they would show this procession focused on her. Here she is seen being presented with adoration and offerings.

The earthquakes that eventually tumbled these palaces broke the walls and frescoes into many pieces. The artwork then had to be re-assembled like pieces of a jig-saw puzzle. And since there were some missing areas in the assembled picture, reasonable projections had to be made by recent curators to complete the images.

These priceless collections of pictures from more than 3500 years ago give us amazing looks inside this vibrant and active society whose ships once sailed to all parts of the Aegean Sea and linked many of those idyllic islands.

(image by Sanford Holst, includes enhancement)

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