What were the main media (materials) that ancient Greeks and Romans used to make their works of art? Which colors were they predominantly using to cover artworks?

Assignment Question

Modern technology has revealed an irrefutable truth that many of the statues, temples, reliefs, and sarcophagi created in the ancient Western world were in fact painted. Why do we then see the classical world in whiteness?

Read provided articles, watch the video, and respond to the following questions to the best of your ability: What were the main media (materials) that ancient Greeks and Romans used to make their works of art? Which colors were they predominantly using to cover artworks? Which colors were they using for skin tones? Did ancient Greeks have a conception of biological race? Did ancient Romans define people as black and white? Where does this idea of pristine whiteness of marble statues as a classical ideal come from? What is Whiteness? Is it a skin color or something else? Provide one example of an artwork from the classical world of the Greeks or Romans where people of color were represented. Responses have to be numbered as 1, 2 3, 4 and 5. Provide images and used sources at the end of the short answer.

These are the links to the articles and video you need to watch and read in order to do this assignment: https://hyperallergic.com/383776/why-we-need-to-start-seeing-the-classical-world-in-color/ https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-investigation-of-black-figures-in-classical-greek-art/ https://youtu.be/TkwUCUwt3Rs

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