Monday, December 10, 2012

Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece, Dec.10,12

The Museum of Cycladic Art is one of the most elegant and refined museums I've been in. It's not large but has a lovely cafe where I am right now and a book store with high end jewelry and art. The museum has 4 floors with the first devoted to Cycladic Art. Early cycladic cultures dates (3200 to 2000 BC). The exhibit has stone, marble, clay and metal object and obsidian cores and blade. The marble figurines, mostly female are outstanding. DSCN0763 . DSCN0743DSCN0748DSCN0750DSCN0754DSCN0751DSCN0761 Hunter or warrior. The second floor is devoted to Ancient Greek Art, a history in images. This is a synthetic approach extending from 2000 BC to 400 ad. DSCN0765DSCN0766DSCN0767DSCN0767DSCN0770DSCN0775 On the third floor is Cyprus, ancient art and culture. It extends from 4000 BC to the 18th century AD. DSCN0776DSCN0777DSCN0781 DSCN0779 DSCN0785 DSCN0786 DSCN0793 DSCN0794 On the 4th floor there are Scenes from Daily Life in Antiquity. Here photographs serve as background to artefacts and movies depict the life of the day. It's reminiscent for me of the trend in museums I saw in Washingtong DC, making them much more comprehensible especially for studeDSCN0795nts. DSCN0798Everywhere the artifacts were accompanied by writing in several languages including English describing the artifact

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