The Colors of Life

Every culture has captured everyday life as well as their folklore through the use of statues. The details and images can be quite beautiful, but it is important to remember that this isn’t how they were viewed at the time. We have gotten used to seeing these marble or stone statues in their natural state, but many of these would have painted when they were originally displayed and it is just through the passage of time that these colors have been lost. So, just like when viewing an old, black and white movie, you have to use your imagination to try and imagine what they might have looked like hundreds or thousands of years ago when they were first unveiled. This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is All One Color, which made us think about these incredible statues that are now without all of the varying colors that would have been part of their original appeal.

Michelangelo’s David
Hindu Wall Sculpture
Statues in Florence
Imagine the Robe in Full Color
Statue on the Charles Bridge
From the Vatican Museum
More from Mahabalipuram
Another Statue from the Vatican


3 thoughts on “The Colors of Life

  1. thank you for this!
    It never occurred to me that these great works of art would’ve been painted in colour back in the day!
    Such an interesting exercise imagining what they would’ve looked like!

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