Take a look around the Museum of Classical Archaeology's Cast Gallery, and the dominant impression is that Greek and Roman sculpture is as pale as it is interesting.
But Greek and Roman sculpture was not colourless. In this trail, we explore what difference it might make to see Greek and Roman sculpture with its pigment restored. We also explore the consequences over the centuries of seeing the Greek and Roman world without colour.
Beyond the Pale tackles issues from paint shadows and invasive cleaning to 'facial angle theory’, race and imperialism. In doing so, it reveals some of the ways in which Greek and Roman sculpture has been used and abused as well as the diversity of ancient art and society.
Image shows the Terme Boxer's reconstruction of complex polychromy in bronze.