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Kouros, symbol of youth.

24 Feb


The kouros is one of the earliest freestanding marble statues from around the 7th century BC. It demonstrates the interest that ancient Greeks had in the male form and is a symbol of youth. It would be used as a tomb stone or as a dedication in the sanctuary of a god. The features are very distinctive: the smile, the outspoken musculature, the rigid posture, the hands closed in fists and the left leg slightly standing forward. The kouros served as an inspiration for Yves Saint Laurent, who launched a very masculine fragrance under the name Kouros, in 1981. The advertisements, still now, totally embody the ancient features and represent strong and attractive young men.



23 Feb

Mycenaen Octopus Styrup Jar

A large, wide-eyed octopus stretches its tentacles across the curved body of this jar. The motif on the jar is naturalistic and there is a great sense of movement. These kind of stirrup jars, designed not to spill and easy to carry, transported oil and wine throughout the Mediterranean during Mycenaean period. Control of the sea was essential for keeping power over their vast domain. The shape of this stirrup jar and its octopus decoration show the importance of the sea as a way of communication and as a source of food and wealth. This terracotta jar can be admired at Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Agamemnon, King of Mycenae.

22 Feb


Agamemnon is a figure from Greek mythology: he was King of Mycenae and leader of the surrounding seas. One day when he came back from war (1250 BC), he brought with him princess Kassandra from Trojan, as war asset. His wife, Klytaimnestra, killed him for this reason. This dead mask, was found in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann in a grave circle. There has been much controversy about this discovery and it is proven that the mask is in fact much older than Agamemnon’s time. The name, ‘Mask of Agamemnon’, was never changed. The golden mask indicates a belief in afterlife by the Mycenaean and their skill in forging gold.

La Parisienne.

21 Feb
Reproduction by Emile Gilliéro

Reproduction by Emile Gilliéro

This fresco of a young woman is one of the most celebrated images of Minoan art. It dates from ca 1400 BC. She is a striking natural figure with large eyes, red-painted lips and curly hair falling playfully over her forehead. The woman belonged to a larger composition, where she was seated on a folding seat receiving, along with other male and female figures, a sacred drink. Found in 1903, the lady was named La Parisienne by Arthur Evans, as she was considered a reference of feminine beauty of that time.

Happy dolphins at Knossos Palace.

20 Feb

Dolphin Fresco in Knossos

This work might look quite contemporary, it actually is a fresco dating back to the Minoan culture, a Bronze Age civilization. Knossos was one of the largest cities for this civilization, dated back to 2000 BC, and the Palace of Knossos was one of the largest structures within that city-state until an earthquake wreaked the land. A second palace was rebuilt in 1700 BC and was decorated with lively frescoes, of which this Dolphin Fresco in the Queen’s Apartment.

How Heinrich Schliemann discovered Troy.

19 Feb

Schliemann at the Lion Gate in Mycene

Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) , a German archaeologist, became famous for his discovery of Troy. After hearing the many tales about this mythical place, that existed only in the people’s mind, he decided to go and discover the truth about it. What was thought to be a sort of myth, became reality when he found fortifications that confirmed to be Troy. This discovery brought along the acknowledgement that the styles of earthenware formed the key to historical chronology. Heinrich Schliemann also discovered Mycenae, where you see him posing here at the Lions Gate.

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