Toreador Fresco

Toreador Fresco

Date ca. 1550-1450 BCE

Movement Aegean | Mycenaean Period

Medium Fresco

Dimensions height including border 24.5”

Provenance Knossos Palace Complex, Crete

Housed at Archaeological Museum, Iráklion, Crete


Even amidst the Mycenaean occupation, artists in Crete continued to portray animals in free-flowing forms and humans in profile with long limbs and slender waists. Given the Mediterranean norm of color-coding gender, some scholars believe this to be a scene of one male toreador with two female onlookers, engaged in some sort of ritual; others believe this to be a narrative of the same person – a male who develops from his feminine, youthful self into a masculine adult.