Minoan 'Ladies in Blue' Fresco

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Carole Raddato
published on 18 May 2019

The 'Ladies in Blue' fresco is a recreated fresco from the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. It shows three women richly dressed and lavishly bejeweled depicted against a blue background. This fresco (or rather, fragments of it) was discovered during the excavation of the site by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur John Evans at the beginning of the 20th century. Subsequently, the fresco was recreated by the Swiss artist and archaeological Émile Gilliéron. However, the validity of his reconstructions has long been debated.
Neopalacial period, 1600 - 1450 BCE. Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, May 18). Minoan 'Ladies in Blue' Fresco. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/10671/minoan-ladies-in-blue-fresco/

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Raddato, Carole. "Minoan 'Ladies in Blue' Fresco." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 18, 2019. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/10671/minoan-ladies-in-blue-fresco/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Minoan 'Ladies in Blue' Fresco." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 18 May 2019. Web. 25 Mar 2023.