caligula had anime eyes
wait romans painted their marble sculptures
it looks like a cheap theme park ride mascot
here’s a statue of Augustus
and here’s a reproduction of the statue with the colors restored
i honestly think that what we consider the height of sculpture in all of Western civilization being essentially the leftover templates of gaudy pieces of theme park shit to be evidence of the potential merit of found art
"I tried coloring it and then I ruined it"
And you know what the funniest part is? The paint didn’t just wear off over time. A bunch of asshole British historians back in the Victorian era actually went around scrubbing the remaining paint off of Greek and Roman statues - often destroying the fine details of the carving in the process - because the bright colours didn’t fit the dignified image they wished to present of the the cultures they claimed to be heirs to. This process also removed visible evidence of the fact that at least some of the statues thus stripped of paint had originally depicted non-white individuals.
Whenever you look at a Roman statue with a bare marble face, you’re looking at the face of imperialist historical revisionism.
(The missing noses on a lot of Egyptian statues are a similar deal. It’s not that the ancient Egyptians made statues with strangely fragile noses. Many Victorian archaeologists had a habit of chipping the noses off of the statues they brought back, then claiming that they’d found them that way - because with the noses intact, it was too obvious that the statues were meant to depict individuals of black African descent.)
^ Actually that’s incorrect.
Not to dispute that many archaeologists and historians deliberately altered the artefacts that they found, but to suggest that the sculptures look how they do due to deliberate vandalism by Victorian historians is incorrect. Remember that some of these works are thousands of years old (especially the Hellenistic works) and have been exposed to decades of environmental damage from the sun, wind, rain etc.
Are you also trying to suggest that the Akropolis and other monuments are now completely paint free because Victorian archaeologists climbed on it and scrubbed all the paint off?!
The reason that many Egyptian status are missing their noses is threefold. Firstly, because it was considered an insult at the time to deface a ruler. So if you objected to a ruler it was not uncommon for Egyptians to hack at the face and remove the nose as a mark of disrespect. Secondly, the noses on the statues are in fact delicate. And if a statue falls, or knocked with something then the nose is usually the first place to be hit. Just like how many ancient statues are missing limbs or heads because they were the most likely places to be damaged. Thirdly, if the statues contained precious metals (a gold appliqué, for example) then removing the nose was an easy way to get some gold.
As to the sculptures looking like cheap fairground statues, remember that you’re seeing them in a completely different light to an ancient person. Our lives are saturated with colour, realistic depictions in art, television, movies, photographs, bright clothes etc. but for ancient people if you wanted to change the colour of something it was incredibly expensive. The pigments were expensive, they had to be ground by hand (also expensive), then applied in certain conditions and at certain temperatures (again, expensive and time consuming). In the ancient world most people would have worn natural coloured clothing (natural linen, natural wool etc.) and the bright clothing would have seemed extraordinary to them! Only the very wealthy or powerful could afford to wear expensively dyed fabrics, or coloured artwork. Not to mention the fact that they would very rarely have seen sculptures and art in their day to day lives. The fact that you could carve marble to accurately resemble a human being would have been stunning in itself. Add expensive and bright pigments? The effect would have been impressive and (in the case of religious statues) deeply moving.
Our taste has been conditioned by the mindset of the Italian Renaissance. They turned their minds back to the beauty of dead civilisations. By showing the pure white and the cracked marble they were expressing the age of the sculpture, which they believed to be the most beautiful quality. The Greeks, Hellens and Romans however would think the white statues we see are awful and should be thrown away.
Ultimately, we see these images in a completely different light to their original audience. Please keep in mind that the paint that we find gaudy and cheap would have been a tremendous display of wealth and power to people who lived before the hyperconsumarist, digital age that we experience.
Most importantly, the Victorians did not even have the same concept of ‘race’ as we do. That is not to say that they were not “racist”, but please be mindful that attributing 20th and 21st century concepts onto previous historical periods is incredibly problematic and should be approach with care and an informed mindset.
There are innumerable instances of horrendous discrimination in human (and very recent) history, there is no need to incorrectly attribute it to one of the few instances where it was not the motivation for an action.
Please, don’t accept everything you hear at face value and educate yourself more thoroughly before providing misleading information.
Save your passion and commendable social awareness for the many instances where it is valid and needed.
EXCUSE ME WHERE IS DAN’S HAND?!
I’m 99% sure he had his hand on Phil’s knee/leg at about 6:44 to 6:48 in the new gaming video!
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
Let’s say it’s 6.15pm and you’re going home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself..!!
NOW HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE…
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating.
The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can perhaps buy precious time to get themselves to a phone and dial 911.
Rather than sharing another joke please contribute by broadcasting this which can save a person’s life!
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This could save many lives, reblog
thank god for people like you who add sources