Exhibition/Display Details

Gods In Colour: Painted Sculpture in Antiquity

22 Jan 2015 to 19 Jul 2015

This exhibition of over twenty full-size colour reconstructions of Greek and Roman sculptures challenges the popular notion of classical white marble sculpture. It shows that ancient statues were far more colourful, complex, and exuberant than is often thought.

Fully coloured reconstructions painted with authentic pigments and complete with additions in other materials, such as metal attributes or eyes inlaid with glass and stone, will be displayed alongside the Museum's own collection of unpainted casts of Greek and Roman sculptures.

Image: Coloured cast of Head of Warrior from Riace © Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt, and Istituto Centrale per il Restauro

Gallery 14 | Admission Free

Special Talk

Gods In Colour
With Professor Vinzenz Brinkman
11am–12pm, Friday 20 February, Lecture Theatre
Free. No booking required.

Hear more about the colourful, complex and exuberant nature of ancient statues

Exhibition Tour

Colours and Techniques of Painted Statues
With Dr Ulrike Brinkman
2.45-3.45pm, Thursday 19 February, Cast Gallery
Free. No booking required.

Discover the vibrant colours of the ancient world with these introductory tours.