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Minoan Bull Leaping Toreador Fresco, Precision Restoration, Knossos, Crete, Greece

Minoan Bull Leaping Toreador Fresco Restoration
Original Painting of Ancient Artwork
Late Bronze Age (LBA)
Late Minoan (LM) Period
East Wing, Courtyard of the Stone Spout
Knossos, Crete, Greece

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Artwork Description
Fragments of this fresco (painted plaster) were discovered in the East Wing of the Palace of Knossos in the Courtyard of the Stone Spout during the excavations conducted by Arthur Evans between 1900 and 1904. It is 78.2 cm (30.8 inches) high and 104.5 cm (41.1 inches) wide. It is dated from the Middle Minoan (MM) III through to the Late Minoan IB period or perhaps later. It depicts what is thought to be a male acrobat vaulting over the back of an agressive charging bull accompanied by two female attendants positioned at the front and back of the bull. The attendant in front of the bull has its left horn in her grasp and the one at the rear appears to be preparing to catch the leaper at the end of his vault. The original reconstructed fresco is on display at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete.
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 Bull Leaping Fresco was Discovered, East Wing, Courtyard of the Stone Spout, Knossos, Crete, Greece
Map of Location where the
Minoan Bull_Leaping Fresco
was Discovered
East Wing
Courtyard of the Stone Spout
Knossos, Crete, Greece


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