Beautiful photos of some of the magnificent frescoes at Knossos, taken by Richard while he was there on May 1 2012


Beautiful photos of some of the magnificent frescoes at Knossos, taken by Richard while he was there on May 1 2012:

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knossos-blue-olive-trees-fresco

knossos-octopus-fresco

Knossos, Bull Portico photos, Third Palace, Late Minoan IIIb (ca. 1450 BCE) Post 1 of 2


Knossos, Bull Portico photos, Third Palace, Late Minoan IIIb (ca. 1450 BCE) Post 1 of 2:

Bull Portico Knossos a

Here you see the first 3 photos of the Bull Portico photos, Third Palace, Knossos, Late Minoan IIIb (ca. 1450 BCE). The architecture is simple, but magnificent. The fresco of the bull is stunning. The bull was the standard symbol of almost all ancient Occidental civilizations, and that of Persia as well, until later into Antiquity. I wish to draw your attention specifically to the incredibly accurate circular designs on the frieze. As with all Greek architecture, the proportions are absolutely perfect, from one circle to the next.

Bull Portico Knossos b

Bull Portico Knossos c

Even the Parthenon of Athens was flanked by bulls at its entrance, as illustrated here:

Pathenon Athens flanked by Bulls ca 432 BCE

 

 

Knossos: Fresco of the Spectators & the Bull Fresco


Knossos: Fresco of the Spectators & the Bull Fresco (Click to ENLARGE):

Knossos fresco of the spectators and bull fresco

It is difficult to imagine frescoes more breathtaking than these at Knossos, regardless of the era in which  we find frescoes.  The Minoans quite simply were supreme masters of the art and artisanship of the fresco.