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Rome and Color

August 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago I wandered about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and found this room of Roman artifacts. When I thought about Roman art I usually thought in black and white because the statues we see from that era are all white stone. This exhibit pointed out that most of the statues were actually painted in the vivid colors of the time but that, over time, those colors had worn away leaving only the pure white stone. The Romans were very colorful people, the stone mosaic floors that survived time, earthquakes, and floods give us an idea how bright and colorful the Age of the Romans really was. 

Roman Exhibit in the VMFARoman Exhibit at VMFARoman artifacts in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts including mosaic floors


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