Mural, Knossos Palace, Crete (Greece)
The restoration of the frescoes from the Knossos Palace by E. Gillieron and Piet de Jong at the beginning of the last century has received many critics for the excessively bright colours employed, but the truth is that the final result is probably not very far from the original aspect of the paintings at the heart of Minoan splendour.
This fresco is a fabulous example of early Minoan Painting, very interesting for its precise representation of the natural world without any human presence. Located in the Bath Hall - where the aquatic motifs were very suitable-, the “fresco of the dolphins” is, as well as the “fresco of the partridges”, an authentic masterpiece for its undeniable decorative value and its excellent effect of movement.
Text: G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com