Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was once colorful, vibrantly painted and richly adorned with detailed ornamentation. The Met’s exhibition Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color reveals the colorful backstory of polychromy—meaning “many colors,” in Greek—and presents new discoveries of surviving ancient color on artworks in The Met’s world-class collection.
Chroma AR extends the exhibition into the hands of smartphone users with web-based augmented reality powered by 8th Wall. The experience allows users to virtually recreate a sphinx from The Met’s collection, seeing it as a full-color reconstruction as well as how it exists at the museum today. A range of additional features, including an interactive three-dimensional rendering and a social media-friendly “face filter” mode, let visitors playfully explore how The Met and its collaborators use science, technology, and art history to determine the original appearance of these ancient sculptures.