I finally made it to Greece to work on my DVD bonus disk Mockumentary film project.
The trip was a fantastic shot in the arm. I visited the ruins and museum at the ancient site at Eleusis where the Mysteries were held. Here I am with a portion of one of two original caryatid that framed an entrance to one of the main buildings at the site.
I was lucky to catch the show Gods In Color, an exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The show gives great examples of how the original greek sculptures from architectural sites may have been painted. (we think of them as white marble, but they were richly colored…) The 21 casts exhibited are of well-known statues (Cuirassed torso of the statue of an archer or chariot driver from the Acropolis Museum, Akr 599, the bronze head of a victor from Glyptothek München, the “Peplos Kore�? from the Acropolis of Athens Museum, Akr. 679, the Lion of Loutraki, etc), of Tombstone Stelae (tombstone of Aristion, the one of Paramythion, etc), of Pediment sculptures (from the Athena Afaea Temple in Aegina, the East Frieze of the Siphnian Treasury in Delphi, parts of the so called Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great) and specimens of real pigment used in antiquity.