In many ways the Minoan civilization influenced the Mycenaean arts. Both civilizations created pottery, metal objects and paintings on the walls of their buildings. Minoan artists excelled with their elegant frescoes in their palaces, while Mycenaean artists developed the art of enameling and exquisite inlaid metal.
As the Minoan culture expanded, Minoan artists began designing frescoes for public buildings and palaces, depicting themes of nature with designs inclusive of fish, squid and birds and later with flowers and animals. Mycenaean art by contrast often reflected warrior like images, their paintings depicting hunting scenes and images of war.
Although the Mycenaean civilization obtained much of their art from the Minoans, they were very different as people. They were a warlike culture, whereas the Minoans were a more peaceful society. Mycenaean architecture consisted of cities surrounded by thick wall composed of massive blocks of stone, some of which we can still see today at Mycenae itself, where the city was entered through the famous Lion gate.
The Mycenaean metalwork was supreme as seen by the swords, daggers and bronze blades, inlaid with more precious metals and enamels revealing beautiful an extremely high standard of workmanship. Also the golden cups found at Mycenae, are as a group extraordinary beautiful in proportion and workmanship.
It is very difficult to decide which civilization was more sophisticated than the other, but from studying the artwork from both the Minoan and Mycenaean culture, my opinion is that on the whole the Minoans seem to be the more sophisticated civilization as their artwork was far more delicate than the Mycenaeans. However, both civilizations excelled at their own specialized subject.
Pottery produced in the Classical Greek style included at first Black-figure pottery, yet other styles emerged such as red figure pottery and the white ground technique. Styles such as West Slope Ware were characteristic of the subsequent Hellenistic period which, saw vase paintings decline.
Figured decoration in a central band around the pot is a character of most Greek fine wares. Stick figures first, animals and later human appear in the 8th century BC during the latter half of the Geometric period (c900-700 BC) so called after the neatly balanced rows of geometric patterns decorating parts of the vase.