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August 8, 2022

The Modern Invention of White Marble

From Aeon

For most people today, ancient Greek sculpture brings to mind images of pearly white human figures.

Yet, ever since the first excavations of Pompeii in the 17th century, archaeologists have known that these sculptures were painted in vivid colors.

This short film from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York discusses why the visual code of white antique marble persists.

If you happen to be in Gotham you could do worse than play hooky and go to see the Met's current show, "Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color," up through March 26, 2023.

Tell them I sent you and they'll laugh in your face.

August 8, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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