Hello my friends! I have definitively decided to take care of my blog, so I try to write a post per day.
Today I’m going to explain an odd topic; in fact, people are used to white, marble and austere Greek and Roman statues. For instance, look at this picture.
He is Augustus, the first Roman emperor who founded one of the greatest dominion ever. He looks austere and focused on something; moreover, there are no colors. The truth of the matter is that ancient Roman and Greek statues were brightly coloured, but these colours disappeared with the passing of the time. When these works of art were discovered during the Middle Age and the Reinassance, people believed that Romans didn’t paint their statues on purpose, and this belief was passed to artists like Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini, who made only white statues. That convinction still holded out during Neoclassicism between XVII and XIX century. Even Johann Winckelmann (1717 – 1768), one of the greatest art historian of that period, stated that ancient statues were purposely left white by their sculptors.
Fortunately, thanks to chemistry, scientists have discovered that there were residua of natural colorings on statues. Interestingly, Vinzenz Brinkmann, a German classical archaeologist, started to make gypsum copies of ancient statues, in order to colour them as they could look 2,000 years ago. And the results are astonishing!