Exhibitions

Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World

Date: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Sunday, January 7, 2018
Location: 
Special Exhibition Galleries, Legion of Honor

The exhibition reimagines how Classical sculptures might have been painted and appeared to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Based on close study of the originals and on scientific analyses and examination of the polychromatic paints found on them, the pigments have now been identified and reproduced on modern full-sized copies of the Greek and Roman originals. An array of these reconstructions will be on display next to Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian art from the Fine Arts Museums as well as ancient sculptures on loan from public and private California collections. The exhibition will also be complemented by an assemblage of watercolors of landscapes and ruins of Greece drawn by Edward Dodwell (1777 or 1778‒1832) and Simone Pomardi (ca. 1757‒1830) from 1805 to 1806, on loan from the Packard Humanities Institute.

About Exhibitions at the Ancient Art Council

Exhibitions are an important aspect of a curatorial department. The Ancient Art Department has organized and mounted over the years exhibitions showcasing art from different ancient cultures in the Mediterranean. Some of these exhibitions are also accompanied by scholarly catalogues written, edited, or with contributions by the curator in charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation, and published by the Publications Department. Exhibitions, like publications, fulfill the fundamental commitment of the Department to education, research, and scholarship.