Greek Minoan Cycladic Civilizations

From the Greek Islands of Thera and Crete during the years of 3000-2000 BC, the great Minoan Civilization traversed the Mediterranean, trading with the Egyptians and establishing colonies on every coast. They disappeared after the volcanic destruction of Thera, leaving behind remnants of a highly advanced culture including magnificently detailed, colorful frescoes. Their art illustrates an interdependence on the sea with images of sea life and dolphins. It is often colorful, with some of the best preserved evidence, left behind as wall frescoes. Frescoes are paintings completed on the walls of the grand palaces with human, animal and vegetation imagery. From the Cyclades islands, we have elongated abstract female statues from in graves.