Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ancient Greek Statues Were Actually Brightly Coloured

To us, classical antiquity means white marble but research shows that the Greeks portrayed their gods in living colour. Now ultraviolet light and infrared and x-ray spectroscopy has made it possible to figure out which colours were originally used.

In the silent video below archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann examines marble sculptures of Athena and Paris, originally from the Temple of Aphaia.

More: Open Culture

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