The art of crete and early greece the prelude to greek art friedrich matz on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers specialist in ancient art of crete rome and the near east in particular the art of seals matz was the nephew of archaeologist friedrich matz 1843 1874. Ancient greek art stands out among that of other ancient cultures for its development of naturalistic but idealized depictions of the human body in which largely nude male figures were generally the focus of innovation the rate of stylistic development between about 750 and 300 bc was remarkable by ancient standards and in surviving works is best seen in sculpture. Minoan art what has survived to our day from minoan art provides insight into the culture that flourished in crete during prehistoric times the art of the minoans speak of a society of joyous disposition in touch with their environment and in awe of the logical order of the natural world. Ancient greek art minoan art a thriving seafaring civilization the minoans populated the island of crete between the 27th and the 15th centuries bce excavations of minoan palaces have revealed the rich artistic tradition of these ancient people
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