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Painted Roman Statue

By traveling in Greece and Turkey, I’ve learned a lot more about Classical art and architecture.  I find myself describing the ancient sites I’ve  seen and usually slip something in about how “bright and colorful” it must have been.  That usually stops the conversation.  No one believes that ancient Greek and Roman statues were painted!  I myself am still trying to wrap my head around what that would have looked like.  But it’s true, and now I have my own photographic evidence that statues were colorful:

Painted ancient Roman general statue in Corinth

This incredible Roman imperial statue was uncovered at Corinth and is on display at the small museum there.  As you can see, there is still a very strong red color on his robe.  Given his size and styling, this statue was meant for public installation as propaganda for the emperor.  I can only imagine how rich that brilliant red robe must have been 2000 years ago!

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  1. Reblogged this on Art History Ramblings.


    November 29, 2012
  2. I’ve been trying to imagine what they looked like for years! It’s the same deal with Medieval sculpture – so tricky to imagine with the original paint, but undoubtedly brilliant back in the day! Thanks for sharing that photo!


    November 29, 2012
    • Thanks! I also look at the decorations at Pompeii to image how colorful things may have been in the Classic world.

      Speaking of Medieval sculpture, have you see some of the amazing cathedral light shows? I did a post on the Reims Cathedral last year which had some fantastic shots of the colored facade.


      November 29, 2012
      • I have not seen them! I’ll have to look into that! It’s so funny that you should mention Reims – I’m going there tomorrow!


        November 30, 2012
      • Oh that’s so funny, have fun in Reims! Never been myself, but the cathedral is beautiful. Looking forward to reading about your trip! 🙂


        November 30, 2012

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