Wall-painting of Spring
Of all the wall-paintings uncovered in the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri in Thera, this is the only one found in a basement room, namely room D2. The painting, which covered three walls, was found in situ. The painting's theme - the springtime revival of Theran nature, was probably associated with religious rituals to celebrate the arrival of spring. Clusters of red lilies dominate the rocky volcanic landscape, while swallows swoop above, singly or in flirtatious pairs. This multicolored scene uses black, white, red, yellow and blue, and is animated by the lilies dancing in the wind and the swallows at play. It is attributed to the painter of the Crocus Gatherers painting (also from Akrotiri), who is noteworthy for the originality and richness of his compositions, as well as for the almost photographic rendering of fleeting moments.