On Wednesday I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of the upcoming Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with Dr. Andreas Scholl the Director of the Collection of Classical Antiquities, National Museums in Berlin. I learned so much! Here are ten intriguing facts he shared with us that I know the kids I take on tours are going to find fascinating.
1. A trained Greek sculptor would have spent a whole year creating a life-size statue of a god.
2. Although most ancient Greek and Roman statues we see on display are white actually in their original state they were colorfully painted by trained artists. Most of this paint has weathered off but you can still see traces of color on some of the statues.
3. Greek vases had many uses. Some were given as presents. They were used for practical things in households like holding oil and…