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Intro to Art History 1: Week of 3/8

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Intro to Art History 1: Week of 3/8 ARTS 1710

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These notes cover the last of Crete/the Minoans and the beginning of Mycenaean culture.
Introduction to Art History I
Karen Sonik
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Date Created: 03/08/16
Crete    3/8/16: Minoan Culture Continued  (A fresco is a type of 3­D artwork made by applying wet plaster to a wall, then painting  the plaster before it dries)   Fresco Themes:  Colorful, peaceful, nature­oriented, detailed backgrounds, wasp­waisted figures    ● Toreador Fresco​ (Bull­Leaping): Late Minoan Period ca. 1450­1350 BCE. Discovered at  Knossos      ● La Parisienne Fresco: Late Minoan period ca 1450­1350, Knossos. Unclear if this  woman was meant to be a priestess or a goddess. Based on positioning of her top, she  is likely bare­breasted as many Minoan women were in art    ● Blue boy Fresco​: Middle Minoan III­Late Minoan (1700­1520 BCE). Discovered and  reconstructed by Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos site. Incorrectly reconstructed from  fragments; should have been a monkey, not a boy      ● Blue Monkeys Fresco from Akrotiri​ : Middle Minoan III­Late Minoan      ● Ladies in Blue Fresco: Late Minoan ca. 15th century, Knossos Crete. Very few  fragments were found for this reconstruction, but scholars are fairly certain this is an  accurate depiction        Religion  ● No known religious practices, largely due to lack of written deciphered evidence   ●  Sites of worship found during the Middle Minoan period in caves and hills  Cultic Paraphernalia  ● Horns of consecration   ● Double axe: related to labyrinth myth  Human Sacrifice?  ● Apparent evidence from Middle Minoan period of teen/adult sacrifice, and Late Minoan  Period of child sacrifice   ● Knife marks found on bones. Could be post­mortem removal of flesh for other reasons,  or could be evidence for sacrifices  Deities/Priests/Priestesses?   ● Most religious figures that have been identified are women  ● “Snake Goddess”: New palace/Middle Minoan period at Knossos. Head is taken from  another figure, and one of the arms was reconstructed at the behest of Arthur Evans    Pottery   ● Handmade and wheel made   ● Elegant forms with natural elements; zoomorphic, floral, marine life  ● Interest in “surface tension”   Middle Minoan Period  ● Kamares Ware​ : “eggshell” ware  ○ Thin walls, possibly mold­made, with dense light­on­dark patterns usually of  plants  ○ Found mostly in Phaistos, but exported to other regions      New Palace Period  ● Marine Ware  ○ Dark on light patterns    ● Rhyton​ :   ○ From palace or religious sites  ○ Ritual vases often carved from stone (steatite or soapstone), occasionally gilded  ○ Forms: traditional vase forms or zoomorphic shapes  ○ Bull Rhyton: Knossos ca. 1550­1400 BCE Late Minoan/New Palace Period,  steatite/serpentine with pink crystal eyes and gold gilded horns         Review: specific artifacts/art work, where they’re from, and what period they were made in        The Mycenaeans   3/10/16: Late Helladic Period 1600­1100 BCE    Natural Resources: clay, limestone, timber, silver, olives, grapes    South Greece (the Early Years)  Neolithic Period (6000­3000 BCE)  ● Society hasn’t truly formed, mostly everyone lives in small villages and subsistence  farming is the main profession  ● Domesticated sheeps/goats, wheat/lentil/barley  ● Polished stone tools and pottery     Early Helladic (3000­2000)  ● ...not much happened  ● 3100­2650 Eutresis Culture  ● 2650­2300 Korakou Culture  ● 2300 beginning of invasion of mainland Greece by Mycenaean Greeks    Middle Helladic (2000­1550)  ● Mycenaean Greeks invade mainland Greece, displace/intermingle with previous  inhabitants and become the dominant culture  ○ Mycenaean Greeks​ : spoke Indo­European languages and introduced traces of  earlier inhabitants’ languages  ○ Mainland Greeks​: seen as backwater, contrasted with highly developed Crete.  No stratification of wealth, no impressive architecture or grand burials  ● Minyan Ware​: monochrome polished pottery made to imitate the look of metal.  Wheel­made from very fine clay in black/grey/red/yellow, very angular    ● Named by Heinrich Schliemann for mythological figure King Minas of Orchomenos  Late Helladic/Mycenaean Period (1600­1450)  ● Rich graves at Mycenae. Not many archaeological remains, but an abundance of pottery  remains which indicate widespread settlement   ● Defeat and destruction of Minoan settlement ca 1450. Takeover and continued use of  Knossos on Crete  Mycenaean Kings  ● Possible warlords, battle­oriented society  ● Massive fortifications of palace sites, art focuses on hunting/warfare  ● Huge accumulation of wealth at palaces, more evidence of stratification of wealth  Language  ● Pre­Linear A: Hieroglyphics   ● Linear A: Untranslated and symbolic  ● Linear B: translated, early form of Greek  ○ Derived from Linear A (45 symbols in common)  ○ Inscribed on unbaked clay tablets fired by the burning of the buildings they were  stored in  ○ Most commonly found at palatial sites like Knos os  ­Heinrich Schliemann (1822­1890)  ● German born business man that travelled extensively; lived in Russia, USA, and France  ○ 1868 travelled to Greece and was inspired by mythological elements  ○ 1870 began legal excavations in Anatolia at Hissarlik (Troy)  ○ 1876 Schliemann at Mycenae (Mainland Greece); Royal Grave circles  ○ 1878­1882 Troy excavations, 2nd campaign  ○ 1882­on Troy excavations, 3rd campaign   ○ 1880 Discovery of “treasure of Minyans” at Orchomenos   ○ 1884  Excavation at Tiryns and full excavation of Mycenaean palace    Grave Circle B (1650­1520 BCE)    ● Located outside citadel walls, never brought into the city during expansions  ● 28 meter diameter, multiple cist and shaft graves with   ● Cist grave: shallow/rectangular, 4 slabs of stone line the grave and one large stone caps  the grave  ● Shaft grave: deeper. Pebble floor, rubble/masonry walls, wood plank roof  ○ Duck shaped vase: carved from a single piece of rock crystal ca 16th century.  Cosmetic container/kimbe, possibly imported from Minoan Crete      Grave Circle A (1600/1550­1450/1400 BCE)    ● Double ring of limestone blocks create a circle that is filled in with rubble, capped by  flatstones; eventually brought into the city  ● Graves marked by stelae; 6 shaft graves, 19 burials, 2­5 people per shaft  ● Graves filled with weapons, jewelry, death masks  ○ Limestone Grave Stele Reli​ ca. 1550­1500 BCE limestone grave marker  depicting 2 people (1 on a chariot, 1 on foot) hunting a lion; similar to  Mesopotamian images       ○ Lion Hunt Dagger:  ca. 1600­1500 BCE bronze dagger with gold/silver/niello inlay.  Wasp­waisted figures similar to Minoan art style, Lion hunt theme from  Mesopotamia    ○ Mask of Agamemnon​ : ca. 1550 BCE wooden funerary mask with gold leaf.  Schliemann claimed the mask belonged to Agamemnon, the leader of Greek  forces and ruler of Mycenae in Homer’s Iliad. Clearly articulated facial hair, ears  separated from the head, angular facial structure      This mask looks almost nothing like the other death masks found, and it has been suggested  that Schliemann tampered with the mask to make it reflect a more Victorian image of the perfect  man       Focus on: ​ The different periods and their defining features, all artifacts and their specificities  


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