Gods in color

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Gods in color

Post by Witness » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:52 am

Atlas Obscura wrote:Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures

In 1811, a group of English and German scholars happened upon the Aphaia Temple, on the Aegina Island, in Greece. The temple dated from around 500 BC, and despite the centuries that had passed, at the time the site still held the remains of marble sculptures from the temple’s east and west pediments. These figures depicted scenes of the Trojan wars, and although weathered and partly broken, they also contained an intriguing detail: visible signs of red and blue paint.

In 2006, the German archaeologists Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann examined one of these figures more closely, using raking light and ultra-violet photography. What they found was that the Aphaia’s Trojan archer, crouched low, bow taut and barefoot, was actually once painted in an array of colors, from his cap to his feet. Patterns of diamonds, animals, and zigzags adorned his clothes. In his painted hands—believed to be a mixture of rose madder and red ochre—he held a golden bow. (The original sculptures are still on display at the Glyptothek Museum in Munich; as with the Parthenon before it, artifacts from the Aphaia Temple were plundered and sold).
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/a ... polychromy

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Re: Gods in color

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:48 am

So really the ancients had lousy taste after all.

What a relief. :mrgreen:
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Re: Gods in color

Post by Witness » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:47 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:So really the ancients had lousy taste after all.

What a relief. :mrgreen:
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Sadly, we'll have to add the cathedrals too:

The Amiens cathedral allows us to see a very different image. During the early 1990s restorers began working on the western façade and the many amazing Gothic sculptures. The laser process used to clean up the blackened stone revealed that the sculptures had once been intricately coloured – with multiple colours used to highlight different features of the figures and their clothing. Instead of ‘repainting’ the front of the cathedral, a son et lumiere show was devised, which has become one of the most popular attractions in Amiens.
https://archaeology-travel.com/travel-r ... in-colour/