The Color of Ivory: Polychromy on Byzantine Ivories

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Carolyn Connor shows here that Byzantine ivory carvings--often assumed to have been monochromatic--were originally brightly colored. Most ivories today show no obvious traces of paint or stain, and many scholars believe that the Byzantines preferred the aesthetic of ivory's natural, creamy color. However, Connor's close examination of one hundred Late Antique and Byzantine ivories reveals that artists frequently colored ivories in bright hues of red, blue, green, and gold.Intrigued by barely visible traces of paint or stain ...

The Color of Ivory: Polychromy on Byzantine Ivories 1998, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691048185

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