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(ζωγραφία/zōgraphía, Latin pictura or ars pingendi).

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I. Greek painting

The earliest evidence of ancient painting can be found on the high-quality monumental wall frescoes (Wall paintings, Fresco) of the Cretan-Mycenaean civilisation in palaces (Palace) and houses in Crete and Thera [1]. The most recent examples are from the Byzantine period [2].

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A. Sources and history of scholarship

Original works are scarcely and poorly preserved, if at all. This i…

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Hoesch, Nicola (Munich), “Painting”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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