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Gods in Colour: Polychromy in the Ancient World
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Vinzenz Brinkmann Renee Dreyfus
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Gods in Colour: Polychromy in the Ancient World

Vinzenz Brinkmann Renee Dreyfus Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann John Camp


Prestel Verlag

History of art: ancient & classical art;
Art techniques & principles;


192 pages

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When Renaissance artists sought to imitate ancient sculpture, their medium of choice was pure, white marble, but little did they know that the works they emulated were originally painted in dazzling and powerful hues-from red ocher and cinnabar to azurite and malachite. By illustrating painted reconstructions of well-known sculptures in relation to original examples, this volume reveals how ancient artists in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome brought unexpected and breathtaking color to their artworks. Accompanying these reproductions are watercolors of Greece's landscapes dating from different years, which show how our perception of ancient art has changed over time. Generously illustrated, this book testifies that the study of ancient sculpture is incomplete without an understanding of the many ways that color was employed to bring such art to life.

By:   Vinzenz Brinkmann, Renee Dreyfus, Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann
Contributions by:   John Camp, Heinrich Piening
Imprint:   Prestel Verlag
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 240mm, 
ISBN:   9783791357072
ISBN 10:   3791357077
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

VINZENZ BRINKMANN and ULRIKE KOCH-BRINKMANN are classical archaeologists based in Frankfurt, Germany. RENE E DREYFUS is Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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