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The permanent exhibition of the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

"The blue bird", part of a fresco from Knosos
Blue bird fresco

One of the earliest and most important paintings from the so-called « House of Frescoes » at Knossos is that of the « Blue Bird ». It is very fragmentary and most certainly belonged to a large composition. At the centre, against a white background, is a blue bird perched on a rock. Only parts of the wings and its small feet are preserved. The surrounding landscape, which consists mainly of rocks, wild roses and irises, is particularly impressive. The freedom of the outlines, the use of lively colours and the pronounced naturalism are all characteristic of this composition. The scene is full of life, yet conveys an extraordinary sense of tranquility and harmony.

Exhibit Features
Date: Late Bronze Age, about 1550 BC
Place of discovery: Knosos, "Frescos house"
Dimensions: height: sav. 0,60 m
Exhibition hole: Hall XVI
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
  Suggestive Bibliography
Ελληνική Τέχνη, Η αυγή της ελληνικής τέχνης, Αθήνα, 1994, αρ. 88 204, 326
Σακελλαράκης Ι.Α., Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, 2003, 129-130
Βασιλάκης Α., Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου, Αθήνα, χ.χ., 206