Exhibition at The Met brings ancient antiquities to life through colorful reconstructions

Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Open through March 26, 2023

Color perception is relative, optically and culturally. Take, for instance, the shade of Homer’s wine-dark sea: It depends on who is tossing about upon it, where, and when. Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color sails right into these wavelengths, anchoring 17 experimental painted replicas of statues and slabs within the Metropolitan Museum’s Greek and Roman galleries. The reconstructions by husband-and-wife archaeologists Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann and Dr. Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann represent Cycladic, Archaic Greek, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods which span the collection’s timeline from 4500 B.C. to 312 A.D.

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