SOUVENIRS Ever Heard Of The Cycladic Idols?

Posted by Axel Thorer on 21. August 2017

These figurines impressed the greatest painters and sculptors ...

That's how some ...

... of the Cycladic Idols ...

... from the Agean Sea ...

... look as originals ...

... or as replicas ...

… AND I CAN’T THINK OF A MORE BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIR FROM GREECE! Delicate, mostly marble figurines, carved between 5000 and 1600 B. C. Simple beauties, from 7 to 40 cm high, used in today mysterious cults on the Cycladic islands (in the Agean Sea, but not the ones along the Turkish coast). There were thousands of them, today there are still thousands, but only a few hundred are genuine, the rest are copies and fakes – and the produce them in amazing quality for the dealers on the islands, the museum shops and the internet trade. You might be lucky to acquire an idol from an illegal digging (robbed from about 500 archeological sites), but they are normally sold to criminal art dealers and will cost you a three-digit sum at least. So be happy with the incredible beauty of an idol you buy for up to US$ 20 in a licensed shop (the best is in the Goulandris Museum in Athens), and learn, by staring at it, that they explain a lot about modern art – because before you, Brancusi, Giacometti, Picasso, Braque and Henry Moore have stared at the Cycladic Idols to learn about the art of minimal expression …

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