Chroma AR

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chroma AR

Chroma AR with The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Project Overview

Exploring ancient Greek and Roman sculptures
in vibrant color with Augmented Reality

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.

Project Videos and Images

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  • An online tour of the LeBron James Innovation Center.