King of the Sea, Maritime Contact and Art in the Aegean during the Bronze Age
Thursday 7 November, 2.30 pm
In the Odyssey Homer evokes the ‘rich and lovely land of Crete’ where ‘King Minos ruled and enjoyed the friendship of all-mighty Zeus’ and myths told of the terrible Minotaur. Arthur Evans excavated the ancient site of Knossos to discover extraordinary architecture, exquisite paintings, fine sculpture, delicate jewellery and some of the loveliest ceramics ever made. This art displayed a love of nature animated by movement and expressed in an ‘impressionist’ style unique in the Bronze Age, becoming diffused throughout Egypt and beyond through international trade.
Part of the Art of Ancient Civilisations lecture series, organised by the Art Fund and taking place in the Lecture Theatre at the Wallace Collection
Booking through the Art Fund: please call 0844 415 4100 (Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm)