Minoan Art

Minoan Art

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the art and architecture of the Minoan civilization.

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Image of Bull-Leaping Fresco from Knossos, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Knossos_bull.jpg; Image of Saffron Gatherers, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saffron_gatherersSantorini-3.jpg; Image of Spring Fresco from Akrotiri, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NAMA_Akrotiri_4.jpg; Image of Minoan Snake Goddess, Photo by Chris 73, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snake_Goddess_Crete_1600BC.jpg; Image of Marine Style Octopus Jar, Photo by Weyergraf, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:M_ller_60freigestellt.jpg

  • Minoan

    Relating to the Bronze Age civilization that existed on the island of Crete, named after the mythological king Minos.

  • Labyrinth

    A maze, or series of intricate and confusing passageways, so-called because of the labrys (double-headed axe) symbols found on walls of structures of Crete.

  • Minotaur

    A mythological half-man, half-bull that lived at Crete.

  • Fresco Painting

    Painting in water-based paints on fresh plaster.

  • Buon Fresco

    A type of fresco in which the plaster is still wet and the paint bonds with the plaster.

  • Fresco Secco

    Dry fresco, so called because it involves painting on the wall after the plaster has already dried.