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I was recently in Paris and went to the Louvre, as you do. And in the ancient Greek and Roman galleries, this is Athena by the way, all I could think about was the fact that these sculptures would have been very brightly painted, like here's another Roman Athena and here's a 3D model of it with the painting restored close to how it would have been, which is a completely and totally different experience the Greeks and Romans were painters as well as sculptors. We know this from remnants of pigment that did survive, some visible and some not so visible but still detectable through technology. when they were found and cleaned off the paint came off along with the dirt and we've known this fact for over a century, but still we venerate these things as if they were meant to be this pure white marble, and now I can think of nothing else when in their presence.