New evidence suggest Parthenon was originally coloured
Published on June 27th, 2009 | by Admin1
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.