mala voadora
Gods in color

Chaired by 

Natacha Antão


The white marble used in Greek and Roman temples and statues is one of the greatest symbols of Classical Antiquity. This marble can be found in Art History books, museums, and surviving monuments, and it was precisely this material that was used to produce copies of these objects – during the Renaissance, Neoclassicism and the various revivals of Classicism in Europe and North America – and which continue to be replicated today. In this context, white marble has become synonymous with good taste, and people who know how to appreciate and surround themselves with references to Antiquity. But is it right to associate white with classical aesthetics?

In this talk, the historian, professor and archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann, director of the Department of Antiquity and Asia of the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, will explain how white results from wear and tear over time, and that most of the monuments and statues were actually intensely colourful. In this conversation moderated by Natacha Antão, the archaeologist will reveal the findings of his 25-year research into polychrome classical sculptures. The surprising original appearance of “our” white is actually a ruin – thereby highlighting the provisional nature of History.

This session, with lunch included, is limited to 40 people. Prior registration is required by the e-mail forumdofuturo@cm-porto.pt, and it has the single price of 5€.

In collaboration with mala voadora