The majority of Greek and Roman marble sculpture was painted. Based on examination of “paint ghosts” on the original statues, traces of paint detectable with ultraviolet lights have been found. How would Emperors be in colour? Probably like these
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We're so used to picture gleaming white marble as the natural state of ancient statues. It's a bit of a reality-shift (culture-shock?) to picture them as they were intended to be seen.
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I recognize that this reconstruction is arbitrary, in any case it's a fact that many works were colored for skeptics, I suggest this volume…
A psychedelic moment for those of you still feeling a little sleepy on a Tuesday morning. But honestly (and you can call me old-fashioned and unimaginative) I think there's a lot to be said for the colour-erasing effects of 2000 years...
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The one on the left is done by reddit user /u/Toppo and is the emperor Caracalla Link to original thread:…
Just like all those medieval/renaissance churches.
They were heckin' colorful, even gaudy when you walked in. They were all painted.
Molts ens imaginem l’art grecorromà blanc i immaculat. La realitat era ben diferent. M’encanta la policromia de la primera estàtua, l’Emperador Caracalla.
I'm very taken with the first chap
This is fast becoming the consensus - at least on Twitter. But is it true? Surely the vast majority of surviving sculpture has produced no evidence for paint? All these reconstructions look fantastic but are we perhaps are jumping to conclusions.....
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I like them better in their present state ... the color of the stone. It allows me to focus on the image rather than the colors.
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Imagine how amazing the Flavian Amphitheater - with statues in every single arch - must have looked. Somehow I find the colour versions detract from the god-like status of the Emperor, but that’s my own anachronistic bias. Eyes without an iris convey a sense of divinity
خلاصة الكلام.. التماثيل اليونانية (الهيللينية والهيللينستية) والرومانية (الجمهورية والامبراطورية) كانت تُلَوَّن.
When it turns out your Roman emperors were totally bossing the side-eye all along
A l’attention des ABF, le monochrome gris peut n’être qu’une vision fantasmée du passé, un pastiche

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la gente non si rende conto che le imperfezioni di colore sono tollerabili anche se esagerate, credo che chi ha fatto queste ricostruzioni voleva dare solo un'idea di come potevano apparire gli imperatori, non riprodurre fedelmente i marmi originali
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This is fantastic! Maybe @marinamaral2 might consider colorising some busts as well as old photos?
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Nero looked a but like John Rhys-Davies.
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What you guys think about this modern depiction? looks awesome @ArmaOrientalis @DimitrisGenn
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I wrote a bit about this and how it pertains to video games just last week!…
It's mind-boggling in a quiet way, actually.
Augustus looks very snide in this sculpture once colored... I wonder if he stood for model or if the artist sculpted through other means?
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This looks like a fun experiment for @marinamaral2 to try.
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Fantastic, I love seeing the human side of great leaders. Well done.
We encounter the past as it is, not as it was.
Putting the colour back into antiquity
Què dirien, els neorealistes, nouvelle-vaguers i angry-young-men, glorificadors del blanc i negre?
In other words, they were Mediterranean peoples.
The Flavian Amphitheater or the Forum with all their painted statues must’ve been dazzling.
It’s kinda hard to imagine what they would’ve looked like now, but that Caracalla bust below looks somehow less tyrannical in colour.
I like how they both have expressions like, "Can you believe this bullshit?"
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The painting shows Augustus' skin darker than the historical evidences, it should have been whiter
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Of course Caracalla looks like a fucking Calabrese bastard.
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ok, I know I have said numerous times I hate painted classical sculpture. I still do, but when the colors are slightly more muted in tone like these, it is not as terrible
Ooo, renkli Caracalla, alırım bi dal...
Caracalla was lightskinned!
I don’t know, that’s kinda creepy.
I think they should remain alabaster.
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