The common perception is that the great statues and buildings of ancient Greece and Rome were all pure unpainted stone or green tarnished bronze, but researchers have been arguing that this may not been what these classic monuments really looked like back in the era of their creation. That, in fact, these statues were quite alive and vibrant, full of color.
Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity is a travelling exhibition of varying format and extent that has been shown in multiple cities worldwide. Its subject isancient polychromy, i.e. the original, brightly painted, appearance of ancientsculptureand architecture.It features more than 20 full-size color reconstructions of Greek and Roman works, alongside 35 original statues and reliefs.
The color reconstructions are based on close examination of the originals and on scientific analysis of the scarce traces of paint remaining on them. Ultraviolet light, says Ebbinghaus, “brings out ‘paint ghosts,’ differences in the surface structure of the stone caused by different paints and by the weathering of the paints. It can often give you an idea of patterns, even if no pigments survive.” The paint on these reproductions of stone sculptures appears flat, lacking the depth of, say, oil. “We can identify the colorants—mostly minerals and some plants,” says Ebbinghaus, “but binding media are hard to identify. Egg has been used for the reconstructions. If the minerals were ground more finely, a different binding medium used, the paint polished or covered with a protective coating, the effect would be quite different.”
“We now assume that almost all Greek marble sculpture was painted,” she says. “These reconstructions can only be approximations,” but at least they dispel a popular misconception—that most statues of antiquity were plain old white. Plain would not be thought ideal until the Renaissance.
Researchers believe, particalurly Vinzenz Brinkmann who has been doing this research for the past 25 years, that artists used mineral and organic based colors and after centuries of deterioration any trace of pigment leftover when discovered, would have been taken off during any cleaning processes done before being put on display, washing the historical art clear of its true colors.
The findings of this research completley changes the commonly held modern ideas of the ancient world, and the way we view modern sculpture and art today, much of which was based on those classical Greek and Roman styles.
The very first shot of Silence of the Lambs is Clarice running on her own in the woods, our natural sense of films tells us that she is in danger, that she is the first victim when in fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. From the off we are forced to question our previous inclincations about film roles, this is something new.
This fact is reinforced so much in the film that the FBI allowed Demme to film in the actual BAU because they thought the film would be a campaign for more female applicants to the FBI.
In the lift, Starling is completely surrounded by men who are all a foot taller than her, this is a male dominated world, and the men can’t stop looking at her like shes not supposed to be there.
You view the world through Starling’s eyes, you see how men look at her, how Crawford, Chilton and Lecter all look at her.
There is another moment like the moment in the lift in the funeral home, with all the men stood around her. Crawford says that there is matter too explicit to talk about with Clarice there, Clarice pulls him up on this later, saying that those officers will look to him about how to act and that he has to be aware of this. Making a very clever statement directly to those in high ranking positions, positions people look up too.
We see men looking at Clarice, but when she is talking to Hannibal he is looking away, in the other direction. He just wants to know whats in her head, nothing more. He has a great deal of respect for her and is polite. She is an equal in every way.
When Clarice and her friend are talking we go from one close up shot to another, we see them both as they see eachother, equals. No objectification, no looking down or fragmentation of the female form. This is similar to how Clarice is viewed in Lecters eyes.
There’s a reason this is my favorite movie of all time.
Virtual supermarkets are popping up in subway stations in South Korea, where commuters can virtually shop for items while waiting for the train to come. Customers simply scan an item’s QR code using the free “Homeplus” app and can have it delivered to their doorstep before they even get home. Ranked as the 2nd most hard-working country in the world to Japan, South Korea is rewarding its workers with this timesaving gem.
Wow! I kinda love this idea.
I wonder if that’s an advertising schtick (for what, though, idk) or something actually common. maybe i’ll see it while i’m here!
It’s an advertisement. Homeplus is a big grocery store chain here in Korea and they’re basically using the subway ad space to put these up and then have people use their smartphone application.
Doing an Arrested Development rewatch in anticipation of the new season and I’ve been busting out some seriously impressive dance moves (if I do say so myself) to this gem from “Spring Breakout”. Too bad you can only find a :30 second clip of it.