Essay about Minoan Art On The Bronze Age

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Throughout the Bronze Age, the cultures of the Aegean civilizations showed influences in trade, religion and economic administration. The iconography of these civilizations not only revealed their culture but also how they functioned throughout Greece. Weapons and animal representations like bulls and griffins, are all characteristic of Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. But the settings in which they are presented offer deeper implications into their values and identity. Excavated frescos, pottery, and seals display these settings. Minoan iconography emphasizes communal ritual functions, shown through scenes of ritual practice and divinities in their art and material culture. However, Mycenaean design expresses boldness and achievement, often depicted in warfare and hunting decorated with riches. Along with scenes of war, the high stone walls and defensive attributes of Mycenaean palaces signifies the perennial presence of danger, and furthermore supports the resounding theme of combat that Mycenae encompasses. Still, early Mycenaean culture shows clear indications of Minoan art influence that has assisted in the development of their own style. Both Minoan and Mycenaean cultures share similar design motifs that resemble symbols of power and prestige, yet Minoan iconography focuses on the aspects of the natural world whereas sometimes in narrative, Mycenaean culture decorates the grandeur of war and wealth while developing their unique iconographic style.

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