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magnificent diorama! I especially love the way the pale male doll resembles a classical marble statue. Such a sumptuous epicurean banquet! I feel as though I am there as a guest...
I know just what you mean! - I too picture the Romans in vivid colors! Red + gold + black (like China & Russia) - I think that it may be due to the dazzling white structures clinging in clusters to mountain cliffsides of the Greek islands against the brilliant blue sea & sky. And of course all those marble sculptures & classical ruins from ancient times. In my art history class from my college days, I was shocked to learn that all those glorious white statues & temples were entirely covered in colorful paint! The sculptures were painted to appear lifelike in the style of the ancient Egyptians revered by the Greeks - everything polychromatic! So ancient cities from that era & in that part of the world were always crazy colorful, like the Arabian Nights fairytales & St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow - typical for Mediterranean & Mideastern & Byzantine & Islamic cultures (not to mention all of India which seems to throb with color everywhere) - in ancient Rome, I picture a lot of red & gold (like the Catholic Church which basically preserved the esthetics of ancient Rome until modern times) lots of golden objects & red velvet (did velvet exist then? or was that a later development? and who invented it? Turks? Persians? Romans? - ha! that will be this evening's Google search project!)
LOL Viktor, now I'm curious too.
I didn't know about the statues were covered in colorful paint.
I lived 2 years in Turkey and I had the chance to enjoy ruins, and museums with a lot of ancient art and artifacts. Then had the chance while I was there, to visit the Holy Land. Ahhh! So much to learn. Now, you let me know about velvet.
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