This website from the Getty presents highlights from "The Color of Life", an exhibition of painted sculptures dating from antiquity to the present, that "reveal the many uses of color in figural sculpture over the course of four millennia." Examples shown here span from a terra-cotta head of a Greek God, probably Zeus, from 325 B.C. to Duane Hanson's polychromed bronze sculpture, Old Couple on a Bench, 1994-95. The exhibition slideshow provides 14 more examples, with curator commentary, such as a head of the cruel Roman Emperor Caligula, in both original (A.D. 31 - 47) and reconstructed views. The original was recovered during the Renaissance and scrubbed clean; the reconstructed version created in 2003, is in full color.


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