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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Fantastic Talk on Greek Bronze Age Art and Restorations

The Met apparently had an exhibition last year highlighting the reproduction and restoration work of Gillieron and son from Evans and Schliemann's excavations of Mycenae and Knossos, among other Mycenaean and Minoan finds. The talk is pretty great, and discusses the most famous reproductions and their worth to historians and museums.

I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more information on that period and the reproductions of the frescoes that were found.  Personally, I am huge fan of the copy of the Octopus ornament, but the fresco stuff is the most valuable to me in adding details and atmosphere to my Greek Bronze Age settings.

The Met has an incredible gallery of Classical Marbles that I wish I could have camped out in, because it was impossible to drink it all in during the short time I had at the museum. There's just so much there, even outside of the marbles, which are obviously much later art, but walking through the galleries and seeing glass beads and artifacts dated back to the Bronze Age just makes it all feel incredibly real in a way that reading about it doesn't quite capture.

But check out that talk! The part I found the most enlightening was the idea (only mentioned in passing, sadly) that there might have been a marriage between the Minoan and Egyptian Royal Families. These little nuggets of thought are what I love about history.

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