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New evidence suggest Parthenon was originally coloured

Researched from the British Museum have found tiny traces of paint on some of the Parthenon’s statues and friezes.

At the museum, an imaging technique called photo-induced luminescence was used to detect microscopic specks of pigment. When red light is shone onto the molecules of Egyptian blue, they absorb it and emit infrared light. Seen through a camera sensitive to infrared, any parts of the marble that were once blue appear to glow. So far, the blue has been found in a few places, such as the belt of the messenger goddess Iris from the temple’s west pediment.

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  1. With all due respect to the British Museum, the idea that the Parthenon was not plain, white marble has been known for years. In fact, I learned this in architecture/art history classes in college (Columbia University) 25 years ago.

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