Aegean Art - 1 Cycladic Figurines Syros(Cyclades 2400 BCE...

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1. Cycladic Figurines - Syros (Cyclades), 2400 BCE - Material: marble - “artist rendered the body in a schematic manner” - emphasizes the breast and pubic area - Commonality and differences within the statuettes Often depict nude, pre-pubescent females Sometimes pregnant Hands always crosses over abdomen Shapes vary in size - Function: commemorative figurines; placed in grave sights Flexed feet and flattened head Meant to be positioned on its back - Technique: Artist renders the body … Schematically Geometrically Minimally 1. Minimal incisions in the pubic area, and between the exaggeratedly long legs (no separation) 2. Cylinder head, series of large triangles, flat planes 2. Male Lyre Player - Keros (Cyalades), 2600 BCE - Material: Marble - SM: BARD—holds/strums a lyre He sings, performs, and composes highlights bronze age’s connection with oral tradition and how culture is generationally passed on - Technique: back part of head is cut, meant to be facing up geometric shapes, flat planes 3. Photograph of Thera: Hole where island erupts and collapses into sea; Rocky edge and vacuous space MINOAN 4. The Flotilla Fresco - Wall Painting at Akrotiri, Thera - Perspective: bird’s eye view and cross section, profile view - Subject matter: Landscape , genre-like; People wait at port for the trading fleet; Fleet probably heading to Egypt - Expression: Nature No evidence or scenes of violence: a lion chasses a gazzel, but jovial 5. Wall Painting of a Landscape - Rocky formation with flowers Flowers were used as a dye in textiles Exhibited a terracotta red - Birds joyous atmosphere, chirping away - Decoratively and repetitive colours: marine like 6. Wall Painting of Wrestlers - Copies hang at original findspot
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- Human proporation schematic is found in Egyptian wall painting 7. Palace of Knossos (Know-soes) - 1700- 1400 BCE - Largest palace on Crete; but more of a community than a palace - Reconstructed/reinforced with TIMBER-TIE BEAMS against earthquakes - MYTH: home to legendary King Minos and the minotaur of the Cretan labyrinth Athenian king Theseus kills the minotaur Escapes labyrinth due to golden thread and love of King Minos’s daughter -
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