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Minoan Boxing_Boys Fresco, Precision Restoration, Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Minoan Boxing_Boys Fresco Restoration
Original Painting of Ancient Artwork
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Late Minoan I (LM I) Period
Late Cycladic I (LC I) Period
Painted sometime before ~1613 BC
Beta Sector, Room 1, South Wall
0.94 Meters (3.1 Ft) x 2.75 Meters (9.0 Ft)
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

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Artwork Description
This fresco depicts two young boys boxing and was found during the excavations conducted by Spyridon Marinatos from 1967 to 1974 at Akrotiri on the southern coast of the ringed islands of Santorini (the Pompeii of the Aegean) which was covered by thick deposits of ash and pumice from the great Bronze Age eruption of the Santorini volcano that occurred between 1627 and 1600 BC. It was discovered on the south wall of room 1 in the Beta Sector and is 0.94 meters (3.1 feet) wide and 2.75 meters (9.0 feet) high.

The Beta Sector not only contained the famous wall paintings of the Antelopes and the Boxing Boys but also included the “Fresco of the Monkeys” which depicted monkeys climbing on rocks near a river.
Statement on Restorations
All restorations were derived by using as objective and rigorous of a methodology as possible. I didn't want my biases or psychological preferences to subjectively "color" the effort. All my restorations use the same precision methodology. My only motivation was to do my best to reveal what they would have looked like when freshly painted.

Map of Location where the Minoan Boxing Boys Fresco was Discovered, Beta Sector, Room 1, South Wall, Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece
Map of Location where the
Minoan Boxing Boys Fresco
was Discovered
Beta Sector, Room 1, South Wall
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

Boxing Boys and Antelopes Frescoes of Room 1 in the Beta Sectoe, Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

Boxing Boys and Antelopes Frescoes
of Room 1 in the Beta Sectoe
Akrotiri, Santorini (Thera), Greece

W. Sheppard Baird