The colors of antiquity

An exhibition examining how colors were used on statues in antiquity will go on display at the National Archaeological Museum early next year, one of two being organized by director Nikolaos Kaltsas. The sculptures and the material for the exhibit will come from Munich’s Glyptotek. The exhibition will show evidence of the lavish use of vivid red, green, blue and ocher on sculptures in antiquity. Kaltsas wants to present the Munich sculptures with eight to 10 sculptures from the National Archaeological Museum on which traces of paint are visible. The second exhibition is a major archaeological event jointly organized by the National Archaeological Museum and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in New York. «Athens-Sparta: From the 8th to the 5th century BC» will open on December 6 under the aegis of the Greek Culture Ministry. It comprises a considerable number of items, including finds from the plague tomb at Kerameikos in central Athens, which were uncovered during excavations for the metro. The exhibits cover the period in which the cities of Athens and Sparta played leading roles.

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