For more than fifteen years, the polychromy of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture has been fascinating the public worldwide. Some three million visitors have experienced the “Gods in Color” firsthand in the museums of cities such as Munich, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Malibu and Copenhagen, Vienna, London, Mexico City and, most recently, San Francisco.
Starting on 30 January 2020, the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung is opening a major expanded exhibition allowing a nuanced look at the phenomenon of statuary polychromy. Under the direction of Vinzenz Brinkmann, the head of the Liebieghaus antiquity collection, an international team of scientists have been researching statuary polychromy for some forty years.
The exhibition will present more than 100 objects from international museum collections and the Liebieghaus holdings, including more than 50 recent reconstructions but also some dating from the nineteenth century, as well as 22 prints.