Most people don’t realize that many stone statues from antiquity were originally festooned with color to bring the forms to life, a subject that will be explored in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Augustana College’s Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102, 726 35th St., Rock Island.

One example is the Parthenon, the columned temple atop the acropolis of Athens, Greece. Today it’s white marble because its original colors, brilliant shades of blue, red and gold, have faded. 

Dr. Benton Kidd, a curator from the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, will lecture on “The Bold and the Beautiful: Polychroming and Gilding in Antiquity” as part of the annual Archaeological Institute of America lecture series hosted by the college. The event is free.

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