Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Our Ancestors Sure Were Tacky
(Above: The color-reconstructed Alexander Sarcophagus. Below: The "original.")
Okay, they're not my ancestors, and they're probably not yours. But you get the idea.
So all those beautiful white Greek and Roman statues you see in museums? They weren't always so classy. No, back in the day, they were garishly painted. (So were all those lovely temples, I'm afraid.) This isn't news to me, and it may not be news for you. But it's still a bit shocking to see color reconstructions of ancient artworks.
Or maybe it's just me. What do you think?
See more examples here