Tuesday, December 06, 2005

χρῶμα - Colour

Another exibition im curious about is
Colour! In Greek and Etruscan Antiquity.

Probably not all of you know that Greek marble statues where not white as we know them today. In fact temples and statues where painted in variegated colours. In this exibition they show reconstructed colours and giving a stunning new look at the so well known marbeles, statues, temples, pottery etc.

In 19th centuary archeologist first discovered colours on excavated artefacts. It was a shock as many people where used to the "white" statues. Even research was not much accepted then because of that (and the long sacred toes of artlovers? lol). Round 1900 the idea was more accepted and the questions arose ‘how bright those colours where’ and ‘whàt of the temples and statues was painted’. Most accepted by then the idea that only Red and Blue was used. In 1982 Vinzenz Brinkmann started a new research with modern recourses. Much new things colours where brought back to life/light. His investigations was mostly aimed the Greek Statues from 5th century before chr. found near the Aphaiatemple which came from the pediment(?) of it. Most of them are now in the Glyptothek of Munchen A close study showed many traces of colours (like red of the wounds). One of the statues is Paris streching his bow aiming at enemies

To show its original state they made a copy of it and reconstructed the colours:

Its to give an idea and many more is shown that way.

So when you have a chance please skip the coffeeshops and Red Light District [dont maintainance our criminals! its so often forgot] and visit The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. Oude Turfmarkt 127.

lol hope i have the right ancient greek word for colour i just started the course and my dictionary is a bit confusing me Btw you can here chromium ('chroom' dutch) in it.