Question by : Were original greek bronze statues painted too?
Currently it’s pretty big news that greek and roman marble statues obviously were painted. Also everything indicates that this must have looked hideous if you apply our modern standards, but whatever. I learned in school that many of the greek marble sculptures are in fact roman copies of greek bronze sculptures (because the romans needed the bronze for making weapons but being more cultivated than medieval christians, who just destroyed the artworks for being unchristian and mostly nude, made marble copies before melting them down).

So what I want to know is this: Were the original greek bronzes painted too? Which of the marble sculptures with paint found on them are greek originals and not just roman copies? If none, is there any proof that greek originals were painted at all?

Best answer:

Answer by Daniel
I don’t think that the original greek bronzes were painted. The bronze is formed as a cast to keep the sculpture uniform. Basically, the sculptures were hollow to seal in the layer of bronze. Here is a useful link that I found most interesting about.

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A few nice roman sword images I found:

Sword Hilt from a Life-Size Sculpture Roman 4th century CE Bronze
roman sword

Image by mharrsch
Photographed at the Legion of Honor Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.


Small bronze statue of a medieval knight

by admin on February 23, 2012

A few nice medieval costume images I found:

Small bronze statue of a medieval knight
medieval costume

Image by Horia Varlan
Really small statue made from bronze, picturing a medieval knight. The historical figure has a highly decorated military costume, wears boots and holds a large axe on his shoulders, behind his head, which is covered by protective gear.

festa da istoria
medieval costume

Image by Isidr☼ Cea
Festa da Istoria, yes… sin H. En Rivadabia, ciudad medieval judía por excelencia.
La gente se disfraza y en un fin de semana, se rememoran hechos de tiempos pretéritos.
Esta es una panorámica desde el castillo.


Istory party… without H, yes…. In Rivadabia, medieval Jewish city par excellence.
People dressed with medieval costumes in a weekend, reminiscent of events from ancient times.
This is a panoramic view from the castle