Relics of polychromy on an Ancient Greek ionic capital, from an unidentified 5th century BC building. Exhibited along the portico of the Stoa of Attalus, which houses the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens. Photograph by Giovanni Dall’Orto, 2009, from Wikimedia Commons.Polychromy is “the practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors.” (Harris, Cyril M., ed. ‘’Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, New York, c. 1977, 1983 edition).

Relics of polychromy on an Ancient Greek ionic capital, from an unidentified 5th century BC building. Exhibited along the portico of the Stoa of Attalus, which houses the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens. Photograph by Giovanni Dall’Orto, 2009, from Wikimedia Commons.


Polychromy is “the practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors.” (Harris, Cyril M., ed. ‘’Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, New York, c. 1977, 1983 edition).

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