Santorini volcano (Greece): frescoes from the Bronze-Age town at Akrotiri

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Bronze-Age town near Akrotiri on Santorini Island, covered by volcanic ash during the Minoan eruption around 1600 BC and partially excavated since 1956, are a great number of marvelous frescoes that might rank among the most inspiring pieces of art from the 2nd millennium BC, but also provide a unique insight into life and culture at the heyday of the Minoan and Cycladic culture.
Extremely well-made reproductions of the original frescos (which are stored and partially exhibited in both the Archeological museum of Athens and Fira on Santorini) were first presented on Santorini during the 1st International Symposium on the Wall Paintings of Thera in 1997, in beautiful pumice caves and rooms of the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre.
The reproductions in this exhibition were marvelously matched with the inspiring architecture of the rooms they are shown, providing a fantastic way to immerse oneself into life of at the time of the eruption in the Bronze Age. Unfortunately this exhibition ended a few years ago. The original frescos are now stored in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Photographer and Santorini expert Tobias Schorr documented this brilliant exhibition:
One of the most famous frescoes shows a group of beautiful girls collecting saffron crocus. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
One of the most famous frescoes shows a group of beautiful girls collecting saffron crocus. (Photo: ... [info]
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A priest or crocus collector. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
A priest or crocus collector. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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A woman priest? (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
A woman priest? (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Woman with bare breasts collecting safron crocus flowers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Woman with bare breasts collecting safron crocus flowers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Female "topless" priest with a "komboloi"? (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Female "topless" priest with a "komboloi"? (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Reconstruction of a decorated room in original size. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Reconstruction of a decorated room in original size. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Room frescoes showing papyrus with flowers (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Room frescoes showing papyrus with flowers (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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A reconstructed room in a Minoan sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
A reconstructed room in a Minoan sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Part of a fresco in a sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Part of a fresco in a sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Part of the famous ship fresco, likely depicting the island of Santorini before the Minoan eruption - one can see a circular land part surrounding a bay, which would be the pre-Minoan caldera, and a central island with some sort of palace-like building. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Part of the famous ship fresco, likely depicting the island of Santorini before the Minoan eruption ... [info]
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Reconstruction of a ship as depicted in the frescoes. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Reconstruction of a ship as depicted in the frescoes. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Reconstruction of a ship as depicted in the frescoes. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Reconstruction of a ship as depicted in the frescoes. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Diverse frescos and wall decorations in then main exhibition hall. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Diverse frescos and wall decorations in then main exhibition hall. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The famous fresco of the young boxers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The famous fresco of the young boxers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The famous fishermen fresco. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The famous fishermen fresco. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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A little break for the guest. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
A little break for the guest. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The complete fresco of the young boxers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The complete fresco of the young boxers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Room detail (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Room detail (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The other part of the flower room. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The other part of the flower room. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Part of an old room decoration. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Part of an old room decoration. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The fresco of the pancratium flowers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The fresco of the pancratium flowers. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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Reconstruction of a room with naturalistic images of the local rock formations. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Reconstruction of a room with naturalistic images of the local rock formations. (Photo: Tobias Schor... [info]
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Probably the decoration of a room in a sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
Probably the decoration of a room in a sanctuary. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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The famous wall decoration with the blue monkeys. (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
The famous wall decoration with the blue monkeys. (Photo: Tobias Schorr) [info]
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