Our visit to Knossos was a reawakening of our interest in the Ancient Greek Cultures. Knossos was discovered in 1878 and is believed to be the basis of the legendary King Minos for which the Minoan Culture is named. Also known as the Labyrinth, Knossos Palace is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and probably the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace is a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and store rooms close to a central square. As significant cultural and decorative art, colorful frescoes decorated the walls. Since the excavations uncovered only fragments of the originals, the process of fresco reconstruction and placement is a “best guess” of work produced by the ancient artisans. These sophisticated and colorful paintings portray a society which, unlike the concurrent art of the Egyptians, was either conspicuously non-militaristic or did not choose to portray military themes anywhere in their art. As with Ancient Egyptian art, male figures are often shown with darker or redder skin than female figures; though not certain, the differentiation might be related to cultural ideals which placed women in protected settings and men in outdoor contexts. Many of the images depict young or ageless adults, with few young children or elders depicted. In addition to scenes of men and women linked to activities such as fishing and flower gathering, the murals also portray athletic feats.
The centerpiece of the “Minoan” palace is the “Throne Room”. This chamber has an alabaster seat identified as a “throne” built into the north wall. On three sides of the room are gypsum benches. What looks like a tub area is opposite the throne, behind the benches. View our other unique art collections.
Inspired by the artistry and imagery of these ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman paintings, Ancient Artifice is creating amazing replicas history's rediscovered images. Each is meticulously handcrafted by Linda Rosato and Tom Wehr resulting in a custom, one-of-a-kind work of ancient art for you to cherish and enjoy for years to come. We are continually adding new images to our existing collections. Select from our current offerings or we can work with you to produce a totally custom piece. Please contact us with any questions or requests you may have. We're looking forward to hearing about your project ideas!