Ancient Greek Statues Used To Be Colorful

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Time to rewrite history a bit. Although we know them as pristine, white marble statues, the breathtaking statues of ancient Greece were once painted in bright colors and patterns. The original colors were identified using ultraviolet light, certainly shocking researchers. Infrared and X-ray spectroscopy helped researchers identify what materials were used to paint the sculptures.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The sculptures of ancient Greece were originally brightly painted. 00:01

  2. Ultraviolet light reveals the original colors and patterns on ancient Greek statues. 00:50

  3. Raking light reveals raised designs on ancient Greek statues. 02:32