Thursday, March 27, 2008

Did the Romans Paint Their Sculpture Too?


Quote from article: "The Romans too painted their statuary, including the marble portrait busts whose realistic features convey such a vivid sense of the appearance and even the personalities of upper-class Romans. With the addition of color, these busts take on an illusory realism comparable to the wax figures at Madame Tussaud’s."

Here's an interesting link that shows several pieces as they might have appeared fully painted: It's from a special exhibition held by the Vatican Museums. Numbers 9 & 10 are Roman sculptures.