The art of ancient cultures was often painted to dazzling and powerful effect polychromy the painting of objects in a variety of colors was a regular feature of sculpture in egypt mesopotamia the aegean greece and rome. Gods in color is for dedicated admirers of the art of western antiquity the long standing assumption that pristine white defined ancient greek and roman sculpture and architecture has been thoroughly disproven through careful analysis of residual pigmentation. Gods in color polychromy in the ancient world restores the vivid polychromy of the statues of gods heroes and even mortals and explores the surprising force of this aspect of art as never before a selection of antiquities offers a strong contrast with the colorful reconstructions. Gods in color polychromy in the ancient world is on at san franciscos legion of honor until jan 8 2018 the book gods in color polychromy in the ancient world published by prestel is . Although not widely known antiquities were colored to dazzling and powerful effect polychromy the painting of objects in a variety of hues was a regular feature of the sculpture and architecture of most ancient cultures especially in egypt mesopotamia the aegean greece and rome
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