I was just admiring some ancient sculptures…
And your everyday busts…
… when I remembered reading about modern attempts to re-create the original colours. They’ve tried to detect the ancient pigments still remaining on the sculptures – which has lead to the following monstrosities:
I sincerely hope there has been an error in here somewhere. The garishness is unbearable. Do I have to include the ancients among those cultures with a lack of taste (ie. Indians and their gods and temples)?
In hope of avoiding this, I went in search of somewhere where colours from the ancient world still remain. Consider the frescoes from Pompeii. They are really beautiful, I think. The first one I’ll show actually includes a painted statue, and I can’t see that it bears much resemblance to the above – it suggests painted statues might have had similar colour schemes to the frescoes:
And here a few other frescoes. Even if they have faded somewhat, or colours changed a little, they would never have been as gaudy as the statues above:
My rationalization is that if they showed taste in their frescoes, they might not have engaged in such gaudiness in their statuary. In support of this theory, I offer this hideous Indian fresco, as one would expect given their other artwork:
But, I guess I’ll have to leave it up to the experts.