Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Recreating the Colors of Egyptian Temples

 Digital Projection of Painted Egyptian Carvings

I have posted before about the discovery that ancient Greek statues were actually painted in bright, bold colors.

The Monkey Buddha Archives:

It is also known that the ancient Egyptians also painted their stone carvings & hieroglyphs in bright colors. This is evident in the indoor temple and tomb walls that have been shielded from the elements.

However, much of the Egyptian outdoor sculpture and architecture has been stripped of their paint, by centuries of harsh weather and the Nile's flood waters. Therefore, the temple exteriors appear a neutral color of the underlying sandstone.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has used digital projection technology to simulate the colors of the original whitewashed temple walls.



Here is an excellent  3D rendering of what the ancient Egyptian temples would have looked like fully painted, with more at the link:

Illustration by Mark Millmore

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