Archaic Colors

Archaic Colors

For a whole year ( starting at 31 July 2012 ) The Acropolis Museum presents the initiative of  “Archaic Colors”, an open discussion with experts and public trying to conduct a research on colors of Archaic statue collection. The Archaic Colors program will be under the spotlight using new technologies  and family activities. Also will be availlable gallery talks held by Museum archaeologists – hosts with rich visual material, both in Greek and English. For more information please visit here .

So far, scientific research into the color found on ancient sculpture has made great progress and reached surprising conclusions that to a large degree refute the stereotypical assumptions regarding ancient sculpture. It turns out that color, far from being just a simple decorative element, added to the sculpture’s aesthetic quality.
For ancient Greeks and their society, color constituted a way to characterize various attributes. The blond hair of the gods projected their power; the brown skin of warriors and athletes was a sign of virtue and valor, while the white skin of the korai expressed the grace and radiance of youth.

 Children Activities 

Continue participating in the “Archaic Colors“ initiative from home, through the online digital interactive game “Color the Peplos Kore“.  You can use the brush and colors of your choice, color the statue of Peplos Kore and finally print and save your work as many times as you wish and in several variations. Just visit the link  color the Peplos Kore 

Family Backpack  “Archaic Colors”

1. The game of discovering details in archaic statues, where color is preserved.

2. A painting box, which contains original mineral colors and pencils for children to color the Peplos Kore.

3. The DOMINO with some of the designs – in a variety of colors freely selected – that decorated mainly the clothing and earrings of the archaic korai.

Family Backpack ‘Archaic Colors’
It includes a game of discovering details in archaic statues where color is preserved, a painting box, which contains original mineral colors and pencils for children to color the Peplos Kore and the DOMINO with some of the designs – in a variety of colors freely selected – that decorated mainly the clothing and earrings of the archaic korai.

Within the framework of the program Archaic Colors  the Acropolis Museum invites the ” Athens String Quartet ” for a concert at the Acropolis Museum balcony of the second floor overlooking the Archaic Gallery. Manos Hadjidakis meets classisal and post-classical composers’ (J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, J. Brahms).

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