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Photo of the week: Head of a bronze statue

After posting the previous article about the classical statues found in Riace, Italy, I couldn’t help posting another photo of them, this time the head of the statue known as Riace A.

As I’ve said before, no statue was uncolored in antiquity. Marble ones were painted over and even in bronze ones, like this one, it is obvious that the artist made every effort to give the impression of different colors. When new, the statue would have had the bright sheen of new bronze (appropriate for gods and heroes). On it, the reddish copper lips and nipples would stand out, as would the silver eyelashes around eyes of ivory with dark, realistic irises.

Head of statue Riace A (from here)

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