Visit the Getty Home Event Calendar Event Information

Color in Classical Sculpture: A Challenge to Western Ideals
Date: Thursday May 1, 2008, at 8 pm
Location: Auditorium, Getty Villa
Admission: Free. Reservation required



The idea that ancient Greek and Roman statuary was conceived in white marble remains pervasive. This has influenced not only our understanding of sculpture in Antiquity but also the aesthetic ideals of later Western art and architecture—ideals that are part of our cultural identity. But interdisciplinary research demonstrates that color was inherent to ancient statuary. Jan Stubbe Østergaard, curator of ancient art at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, surveys our knowledge of ancient sculptural polychromy and discusses its repercussions.