Monday, August 31, 2015

Painted Greek Sculpture

 I've posted before about the discovery that ancient Greek sculpture was not plain white marble, as previously believed. The Greeks actually painted their sculptures in vivid colors.

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

I recently found more articles about this realization, which is changing the way we think about classical art.

Harvard Magazine:

We weren't the only ones to have a misinformed view of art history. During the Renaissance, artists like Michelangelo sculpted in white marble, because this how they believed classical sculpture looked. All the paint from antiquity had been stripped away by that time, so it appeared that the ancient Greeks & Romans created bare marble statues.


 This is just one of the ways that technology is helping us gain a clearer view of our ancient past.

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