The Fresco at Mycenae, held at the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae, is a significant fragment from the Mycenaean civilization, dating from approximately 1600-1100 BC. It was discovered in the Mycenaean palace complex in the northeastern Peloponnese, Greece.

Measuring 75cm x 50cm, the fragment contains a carefully rendered image of birds among aquatic vegetation, likely swans or geese. The image demonstrates a high degree of naturalistic detail and understanding of form, indicative of the advanced aesthetic capabilities of Mycenaean artists.

The color scheme of the piece adheres to available natural pigments of the time, primarily featuring tones of terracotta, faded ochre, teal, faint blue-green, and black. The emphasis on line detail and movements suggests keen observation skills of the artist and potentially signify a cultural importance of the bird species depicted within the society's spiritual beliefs.

Stylized depictions of flora further reveal the Mycenaean understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Despite significant age-related degradation, the fresco maintains a notable sense of realism.

The fresco's location in the palace complex likely indicates its societal and possibly religious significance. It provides valuable information on the thematic and aesthetic complexity of Mycenaean mural art and, on a broader scale, Mycenaean society's architectural and environmental interactions at the time.

Archaeological Museum of Mycenae