CYCLADIC ART MUSEUM
The Cycladic Art museum is located in two different buildings, next to each other, which are connected by a glass-roofed corridor. Even if the museum has taken its name from its prominent Cycladic collection, the visitor will be pleasantly surprised by its other collections and mostly by the very well presented information on various artistic techniques and everyday life and customs of the Ancient Greeks.
The first floor of the museum has the Cycladic collection. This civilization developed mostly on the Cycladic islands between 3200-2100 B.C. During this period metal (bronze) was used for the first time in order to make tools. The collection contains artifacts of three different periods of the Cycladic Civilization. The visitor will be able to see the tools, the vases made by both clay and stone and most importantly the figurines of these periods. The marble, more or less abstract, Cycladic figurines have become famous since they have inspired many modern artists (for example Picasso). The collection has some of the early and late examples of the figurines, which are really schematic. The more figurative ones belong to the middle period, which was the peak of the civilization. One figurine that will definitely capture the attention of the visitor is the one that is seated and raises its cup to make a toast. The large-scale figurines are also really impressive.
The second and fourth floors house a large collection of Ancient Greek Art, covering the Middle Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC) to the very end of the Roman empire (4th century AD). Vases, tools, fragments of sculptures, golden jewelry, vases made of glass and bronze helmets represent these periods. The visitor also has the opportunity to understand the technique of pottery, goldsmith art, wind-blown glass and metallurgy.
The third floor has a collection of Cypriot Art that covers a period from Prehistoric times to the Roman Empire. The collection has samples of vases, coins, glass utensils, and jewelry. All of these artifacts are very similar to the Greek ones of the same period indicating that the same culture more or less was developed both in Greece and Cyprus.