The main secret of antiquity: this is how ancient statues really looked

Time knows no touch of pity.

We all got used to the fact that antique sculptures were made out of marble. That is why all the ancient sculptures are white now, aren’t they? However, Vinzenz Brinkmann and his team made an astounding discovery: all these sculptures were once polychrome. As years and hundreds of years pass, the unique masterpieces of antiquity tarnish, thus losing their battle with time.

A group of archeologists made up their minds to restore some of the sculptures to their “original form”. A large number of reconstructions have been carried out in the form of 3D copies in their original size.

The polychrome was carried out only with the paint substances that were verifiably used on the original. Enjoy!

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Ann Fountain
The ancients had really bad color sense.
Jul 26, 2016 10:20PM
Bernard Savain
That is your opinion, perception was different back then, a thousand years from now someone will probably look at us today and make the same comment that you made!
Jul 27, 2016 9:03PM
Dennis Myers
Some of our modern colors hadn't been invented yet.
Jul 30, 2016 8:29PM
David Kiese
Jul 30, 2016 8:46PM
Helen Colgan
It's amazing what the ancients achieved all those years ago
Jul 30, 2016 9:10PM
Liz Mc Cormick
Considering what was available at the time, I think the work is great.
Jul 30, 2016 9:21PM
Amanda Jane Ball
How do they know that this is how they were painted?
Jul 30, 2016 9:50PM
Nicky Fera
i know that these were the colors available of the times but is this really how they were painted? i mean are those the colors the ancients actually combined to paint those statues? the colors themselves are lovely, strong and vibrant but the combination of them is unpleasant to the eyes of today.
Jul 30, 2016 10:01PM
Harold Williams
Harold Williams
Magnificient in everyway.
Jul 30, 2016 10:12PM
Harold Williams
Harold Williams
I second the Helen Colgan. This has been refered to as the "Magnificent Cathedral", one small integral part of history into the complexities we see today that in the future will be just one small part of the complexities we se tomorrow. The collective human conscious rides the fine line between ancient wisdom and the most advanced technology systems.
Jul 30, 2016 10:15PM
Virginia Burns
Virginia Burns
I like them!
Jul 30, 2016 10:35PM
Sofka Raice
Cool and good to see it.
Jul 30, 2016 10:45PM
Dusty Koellhoffer
People look at artifacts and ruins and think ancients lived in a dreary world. Kinda like watching movies before color, it looks surrealistic. Nice to see some life breathed back into these.
Jul 30, 2016 11:09PM
Janice Loggins
Janice Loggins
So, they really were painted at one time! AWESOME!!!
Jul 31, 2016 12:55AM
Theda Gallegos
Theda Gallegos
I agree color yuck
Jul 31, 2016 1:07AM

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