Ultraviolet Light Revealed That Ancient Greek And Roman Statues Were Actually Colored

We are used to ancient Greek and Roman sculptures being white. But new evidence shows that this was not the case. By using ultraviolet light, scientists have come to the conclusion that all ancient Greek and Roman sculptures were painted.

The reason why we are used to ancient sculptures being white, is because the colours have long faded. “The theory that most statues of antiquity were plain old white is just a misconception. Plain white would not be thought ideal until the Renaissance.” says Susanne Ebbinghaus, Hanfmann curator of ancient art at the Harvard University Art Museums.

Here are some of the 3D reconstructions: (the article continues after the ad)

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To be honest, i prefer their “white” version. What do you think? 

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