Bringing the past to life with colour

Julius Caesar

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The camera obscura was known about in Roman times, but photography was a long way off. The most lifelike depictions of people then were statues. This bust of Julius Caesar was probably made a decade or two after his assassination in 44BCE, and was most likely painted, including the eyes. The paint has long since disappeared, giving this and other sculptures a blank look.
As well as giving Caesar his eyes back, I’ve added what I hope is a more realistic hair texture, which would have been difficult to do in stone. The face is all the work of the sculptor though, and I’ve just added the colour.

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Original B&W close-up of the “Chiaramonti Caesar”.

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2 responses

  1. Love your work!

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    July 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    • Thank you! I enjoy doing them anyway, but being appreciated helps too!

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      July 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

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