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Visual Arts History 1040 Lecture Notes - Lion Gate, Shaft Tomb, Palekastro


Department
Visual Arts History
Course Code
VAH 1040
Professor
Cody Barteet

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THE PREHISTORIC AEGEAN
CYCLADIC ART
- Figurine of a woman, from Syros, Greece, ca. 25002300 BCE
- Looks ‘modern’, relates to modernism
- Don’t know purpose, found most in tombs
- Marble (chunks also found in tombs)
- Many nude, female
- Male lyre player, from Keros, Greece, ca. 27002500 BCE
- Face facing up, perhaps divine purposes
- Seated Harp Player, Greece, Ca. 2800-2700 BCE
- Real or fake? Looted, not in original setting, everything’s still intact
- Imp to understand the context of a work to go beyond appreciation of formal qualities
and being
- Problem of context, how much context is needed? Not simple, often v complex,
where does context end? Assumption that history stands prior to artwork
MINOAN ART
- The largest art form in the Minoan world was fresco painting on walls, usually
illustrating palace rituals
- Minoan sculpture was of small scale
- Aerial view (looking southwest) of the palace at Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 1700-
1400 BCE
- Court palace, multistory complex built, toilets, running water, gendered quarterly
theatres
- Pot cult worship of female deity, pot matriarchy
- Stairways, columns
- Minoan woman or goddess (La Parisienne), from the palace at Knossos (Crete),
Greece, ca. 14501400 BCE
- large frontal eye in her profile head (as seen in Near Eastern and Egyptian art)
- Bull-leaping, from palace at Knossos (Crete), Greece, ca. 14501400 BCE
- Pot entertainment, coming of age ceremony
- Ceremony based on their imp bull myths
- Symbolic pres, pot pres of sex (male red, fem white)
- Only some parts left, others painted
- Flotilla, detail of Miniature Ships Fresco, from Room 5, West House, (Cyclades),
Greece, ca. 1650 BCE
- Village on hill, shows island culture
- Floats going across the water
- Juxtaposition btwn land and sea (panting set in landscape)
- Landscape with swallows (Spring Fresco), from Room Delta 2, Akrotiri, Thera
(Cyclades), Greece, ca. 1650 BCE
- No humans, no narrative, just landscape, just decorative (considered to be 1800’s
convention)
- Marine Style octopus jar, from Palaikastro (Crete), Greece, ca. 1500 BCE
- V artistically impressive
- Sarcophagus, from Hagia Triada (Crete), Greece, ca. 14501400 BCE
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