At the end of the nineteenth century, a real revolution took place in Greece with the discovery, on the banks of the Aegean Sea, of the first European civilizations. Greek antiquity, which had always fascinated the West, suddenly revealed its oldest past. Real explorers such as Heinrich Schliemann or Arthur Evans, following the footsteps of a legendary Greece, the heroes of the Illiade and the Odyssey, have discovered unsuspected worlds, giving their contemporaries a real archaeological adventure.
The discovery of the remains of Troy, Mycenae and Knossos, the exploration of the mysterious Santorini have, among other discoveries, revealed the wealth of Aegean art. Pottery, frescoes, architectures and decorative motifs possessed an originality and a formal grace that aroused in France a real artistic upheaval, deeply permeating the style of the Belle Epoque before marking the modern art.
This is one of the little-known aspects of this pioneering research that shows the exhibition presented at the National Archeology Museum: between dream and archeology, science and art, were able, again, to combine to draw, in the heart of Greece origins, shapes and colors that still seduce us today.