I have always loved classical sculpture. In this page's fine arts painting portfolio,many people are surprised to learn that the ancient sculptures of the greek and roman periods were "decorated" in brightly colored paint. In ancient eyes, they were considered more 'realistic' that way.
However, time and exposure wore away that decoration to reveal the bare marble underneath so that when, during the Renaissance, these ancient pieces were re-discovered in pure white, it was assumed they had always been that way and the bare marble became accepted as the standard of sculptural perfection.
In the series, some of the marbles are set in the decorative enviornments and are themselves 'decorated' with new colors. I have even applied fanciful 'tattoos' to reinterpret them in a more modern context.