Ancient Greek Statues Used To Be Colorful
Although we know them as pristine, white marble statues, the breathtaking statues of ancient Greece were onced painted in bright colors and patterns. The original colors were identified using ultraviolet light. Infrared and X-ray spectroscopy helped researchers identify what materials were used to paint the sculptures.
from Getty Museum
Key Facts In This Video
The sculptures of ancient Greece were originally brightly painted. (0:01)
Ultraviolet light reveals the original colors and patterns on ancient Greek statues. (0:50)
Raking light reveals raised designs on ancient Greek statues. (2:32)