Welcome to the Tracking Colour objects database. It contains information on sculptures known to have traces of ancient polychromy.

All objects 151 objects


  • Portrait of L. Aninius Rufus

    • IN 1437
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • In spite the white appearance of this portrait, minute traces of red/orange pigments are found on the surface of the skin and hair suggesting that the portrait once was fully painted. "UV-image of the eyes":/objects/1...

  • Maximus

    • IN 826
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The technical examination of IN 826 provides new insight into the colour palette and painting techniques on polished marble portraits from Antiquity. On the portrait's polished parts scattered particles of red and ye...

  • Portrait of a Client ruler or Priest-king

    • IN 1583
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This portrait exhibits small traces of red in the face, in the hair, between the lips, along the eyelid, eye-rim and "eyelashes":/objects/24/attachments/35. The red has not yet been identified although this was attemp...

  • Female head from a grave relief.

    • IN 469
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief fragment is made of white, fine-grained marble.
      The fragment has been examined with Visible Iinduced Luminescence. Pigments were seen as evenly distributed "luminescent spots":/objects/46/attachments/247 ...

  • Female head from a grave relief

    • IN 2554
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white fine-grained marble. The tip of the nose is missing.
      A Visible Induced Luminescence examination revealed an equal distribution of "luminescent pigments":/objects/89/attachments/245 in the ...

  • Head of a young Roman

    • IN 822
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The examination of a Roman portrait, "IN 822":/objects/129/attachments/442, in polished white marble, testifies that it was originally fully painted. The hair was originally golden-reddish and yellow, red and blue col...

  • Tomb lekythos

    • IN 2788
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekyhtos is made of white, fine-grained marble. The neck is broken and the foot is new in limestone.The left side is covered in a thick crust of calcite, outside the relief the surface shows abundant traces of the...

  • Tomb Lekythos

    • IN 467
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekythos is made of white marble with grey stripes. The neck is broken and the foot missing. The seated man once supported himself with a painted staff. There are negative traces of the original painted floral pat...