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Excavations led by teams of archaeologists in the nineteenth century hoped to find evidence for places and people in Homer's epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey. They may not have found what they sought, but along the way, they made remarkable discoveries. This tutorial covers the art of the Cycladic Islands, and the Island of Crete (Minoan), and of Mainland Greece (Mycenaean).
The art of the Cycladic Islands is best known for beautiful and enigmatic figures of varying sizes. Marbles once painted and with a strong abstract quality that attracted the attention of some of the leading artists of the 20th century.
The Mycenaean citadel on Mainland Greece stands high above the Aegean Sea surrounded by walls of stone so large they are called Cyclopean, as if only the mythic giant Cyclops could have moved them into place. The Bronze Age Mycenaeans were also renowned smiths, who's expertise evident in the gold masks and jewelry found in the shafts below their grave circles.