VMFA Lecture Series: Those Gaudy Ancients
Winter/Spring 2014 VMFA Lecture Series at the Workhouse
Exploring the Color of Antiquity
Dr. Peter Schertz
Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, VMFA
We encounter ancient sculptures thousands of years after they were created and can readily imagine the complete form of these statues, despite missing parts and broken bits. But it is much harder to imagine something we hardly ever glimpse — color! Ancient statues were painted, often with bright, gaudy pigments. This lecture explores the color of ancient statues and how modern researchers are discovering surviving traces of those colors in order to recreate sculpture’s original appearance.
This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. Additional local support provided by the Hilton Springfield.