Ancient Greek Statues Were Not White

Jul 22, 2023 | Environmental, Social, Videos

Centuries, the beauty of Ancient Greek sculptures has been admired and appreciated. However, what many people don’t know is that these statues were originally painted in vibrant and intricate colors. Archaeologists and art experts have known this for ages, yet the misconception that Ancient Greek sculptures are white and classical persists.

The documentary, “The True Colors of Antiquity”, aims to explore the truth behind this misconception by showcasing the artwork of the ancient Greeks as it was meant to be seen – in full color. Through a combination of archaeological evidence, interviews with leading academics, and in-depth analysis, the documentary offers an informative look into how these sculptures were originally created.

In addition to exploring how ancient Greek sculptures were colored up until their disappearance due to natural weathering and later attempts at restoration, viewers will also get an inside look at how modern scholars attempt to restore these works of art using both artistic interpretation and scientific techniques. The documentary offers an intimate perspective on a number of iconic works from antiquity such as Parthenon frieze from Athens’ Acropolis or 4th century BC bronze statue of Apollo from Delphi.

As well as providing insight into how various cultural movements throughout history have affected our view of ancient art, viewers are encouraged to consider how we interpret ancient artifacts today compared to when they were first made. This provides a valuable opportunity for reflection on our own preconceived notions about history and culture while appreciating some truly remarkable works of art.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ancient Greek sculptures and their true colors, watch “The True Colors of Antiquity” today!

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