Gods in Color Exhibition: The Ancient Greek World As Never Seen Before (photos)

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) host Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World , an exhibition that presents ancient sculpture as never before: in vibrant color.

The exhibition reintroduces ‘polychromy’ – the painting of sculpture to dazzling and powerful effect.

Defying the idea of the stark white marble of antiquity, the installation is the result of over 30 years of groundbreaking research in pigmentation of ancient sculpture by international scientists and archaeologists.

On view at the Legion of Honor are nearly 40 reproductions of well known Greek and Roman artworks painted in brightly colored authentic pigments, uniquely juxtaposed with 30 statues and carved reliefs from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome from FAMSF’s’ own holdings, supplemented with magnificent loans from Californian and European collections.

Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World is the result of decades of research by Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann together with a group of archaeologists and natural scientists.

Vinzenz Brinkmann is the original curator of the traveling Gods in Color exhibition and head of antiquities at the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection in Frankfurt where he worked with Hollein during Hollein’s ten-year tenure as director of the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection.

The exhibition has travelled to some of the leading museums in the world, including the Vatican Museums,Rome; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Pergamonmuseum, Berlin; and most recently to the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.

In San Francisco, it is presented in its most recent version based on new research and reproductions.