King of the Sea, Maritime Contact and Art in the Aegean
- Wallace Collection |
- Talk |
- Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 14:30 until 15:30
Lecturer Michael Duigan explores Aegean Art in the Bronze Age. In the Odyssey, Homer evokes the ‘rich and lovely land of Crete’. Here ‘King Minos ruled and enjoyed the friendship of all-mighty Zeus’ and myths tell of the terrible Minotaur. Arthur Evans excavated Knossos to discover extraordinary architecture, exquisite paintings, fine sculpture, delicate jewellery and some of the loveliest ceramics ever made. This art displayed a love of nature animated by movement and expressed in an ‘impressionist’ style unique in the Bronze Age. This splendour was won through command of the sea and control of international trade and led to the diffusion of Cretan art especially in Egypt.
This event has been organised by a local supporter group to raise money for the Art Fund.