The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens resides in an exquisite neoclassical building and displays an impressive collection of Cycladic and Ancient Greek Art. It is a foundation whose stated mission is the study of Aegean civilization, research on prehistoric, classical and modern Greek art, as well as its dissemination and promotion.
Cycladic Art Museum, Athens
Part of the collection - credits: http://www.ekathimerini.com
The collection began in the 1960s with Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris who set out to collect various pieces of ancient art from the islands of the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. Today, in the galleries of the MCA, the visitor can delve into three major topics:
Cycladic Art (3.200-2.000 BC)
Ancient Greek Art (2.000 BC-AD 395)
Ancient Cypriot Art (3.900 BC-6th c. AD)
It also hosts a wide range of activities such as lectures, adult labs, colloquia and programs for kids and families during the weekends.
The MCA collections contain approximately 3.000 objects of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art. More than 500 are presented online, together with a brief introduction of the major periods of Aegean and Cypriot archeology, special topics and a list of available resources.
For more information click the links below:
Cycladic Art Cafe - credits: www.domusweb.it
The museum is easily accessible; simply take the metro line 3 and get off at Evangelismos Station.
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