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  •  I googled this (10+ / 0-)

    and the most frequent answer is that the sculptures were painted and perhaps the eyes were painted in.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:12:22 AM PST

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    •  painted in?...recent diary showed painted (6+ / 0-)

      sculptures somewhere IIRC, heh.

      outdoor as well?

      ...very interesting, and we all have grown up with this version of what a sculpture looks like, no paint, so at a recent sculpture show, what we saw was nekkid marble sculptures...and lots of other materials as well, none painted.
        Closest thing in the show to paint was a couple of glazed ceramics..never in my view as being near as perfect as the finished raw stone...and I'm a 'ceramicist', heh. And then there are porcelains, almost as neato as raw marble and other stone.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:52:32 AM PST

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      •  Working with porcelain is fantastic... (4+ / 0-)
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        By my second year in ceramics (I have more than enough credits for an emphasis program in ceramics), I was working with porcelain almost exclusively.

        I love it... it's maddening and lovingly sweet to work with at the same time because it's so soft it's difficult to make large pieces with it.

        I was experimenting with mason stain for a while.  Loved to make the porcelain black, put on a clear glaze and top with a tiny bit of a runny gold glaze.  Wowza!  Spectacular!  I could also do that with plain white and clear glaze w/ the gold drops... or I could try for a high-fire red, topped with a tiny bit of the sparkly glaze.

        One of my first pieces in the first class was a large coiled stoneware clay bowl that I made before I knew what I was doing.  I did the outside with a milky white with other colors on the inset shapes in different colors..., but the inside....  I put red in it, added a few pieces of broken glass on the bottom..., and the effects were spectacular!

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:11:44 PM PST

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    •  This is true, side pocket (4+ / 0-)
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      It was mentioned in my Art History classes.

      There are different ways of doing eyes in statues and the ones that do not have the holes for the pupils were often painted.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:03:41 PM PST

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    •  yes painted in (4+ / 0-)
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      as a matter of fact, many sculptures were also dressed.

      more extreme in the case of the cycladic greek scultures which also had wigs (fools many people into seeing them as modernistic)

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:17:21 PM PST

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