Despite their appearance of pristine marble, Greco-Roman sculptures were once richly adorned with color and ornament. If you’ve ever wondered what one of these artifacts actually looked like in ancient times, you’re in luck. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans to host a remarkable new exhibition that uses technology to colorfully recreate some of the museum’s most prestigious Greco-Roman sculptures.
Produced in collaboration with Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann, Head of the Antiquities Department of the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection, “Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color” will feature over 50 fully painted Greco-Roman artifacts. “This is truly an exhibition that brings history to life through rigorous scientific research and investigation and presents new information about works that have long been part of the Met’s collection,” said the museum director, Max Hollein, in a press release.
In particular, the exhibition will explore polychromy, the ancient practice of embellishing sculpture and architecture with paint, gilding, silvering and inlay. From busts of Roman emperors to the Met’s archaic-period Sphinx flagship, “Chroma” will use technology to reconnect audiences to the artistic traditions of Greece and Rome.
The exhibit will open at the Met on July 5 and run through March 26, 2023.
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