As you can see, these are not cave paintings; these are highly complex murals that took careful designing and paint mixing—the colors today still as bold as if they were applied just a couple years ago. The Minoans had time to develop their art because they had such innovations and were not fighting every day for survival. Since Ancient Egyptian art was primarily for religious purposes, for the pharaoh in the afterlife, it is possible that the Minoans (who came before the Amarna Period) were actually the first to craft art merely for recreation, for beauty, for art's sake. Take a look at this wonderful jar fashioned and painted by Minoan artists.
Frescos like this one lead historians to believe the Minoan culture had their own sporting events before the Greeks introduced the Olympic Games. It shows a game called bull-jumping, which sounds a little dangerous, if you ask me (heehee).