Lucius Verus Recolored

Marble portrait of the co-emperor Lucius Verus, Metropolitan Museum, 13.227.1.
recoloration: Sarah Jenkins (velvethadrian), 2017.

Printed on heavy paper and watercolored in an attempt to illustrate a more nuanced view of polychrome statues in antiquity. At this point, the coloration is only about half finished, but I liked the effect of the ginger beard enough that I didn’t want to darken it without documentation. Eventually he’ll have darker hair and gold over top of that, since Lucius Verus was one of the emperors who dusted gold into his hair when he went out on the town.

Link to the artwork:

Polychromy in antiquity:


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