воскресенье, 6 мая 2018 г.

True colours of ancient sculptures

When we think of statues and buildings of the classical period, we tend to imagine white marble; scientists in recent years have discovered that it is, in fact, most likely that many of the buildings and statues were painted and, probably, adorned with jewelry.

White marble has been the norm ever since the Renaissance, when classical antiquities first began to emerge from the earth.

By the early 19th century, the systematic excavation of ancient Greek and Roman sites was bringing forth great numbers of statues, and there were scholars on hand to document the scattered traces of their multicolored surfaces.

Ancient texts provide detailed information about the pigments used in antiquity. Actual pigment remains may be identified by various techniques, including polarized light microscopy, X-ray fluorescence and defraction analysis, and infrared spectroscopy.


“Young Roman,” 3rd century CE

So-called “Peplos Kore,” original alongside reconstruction, Athens (540 BC


“Lion from Loutraki” (reconstruction), Greece, c. 570–560 BC

Archer from the western pediment of the Temple of Aphaia on Aigina;


Source Museum of Artifacts

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