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The Lost Culture of the Minoans


One of the earliest and most fascinating cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, was the Minoan Culture of Bronze Age Crete (2000-1500 BC). Their art was highly evolved and displayed a love of animal, sea, and plant life, which was used to decorate frescoes , pottery, jewelry, stone vessels, and sculpture. The artists and craftsmen were very skilled and created their own unique art that had a lasting influence on other cultures. They thrived for several thousand years and then mysteriously died out, leaving their language to yet be deciphered. The roots of Greek, Roman and later European Culture can be traced back to Crete during the Minoan era.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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