The 18th century's Neoclassicist movement, with its white marble sculpturesinspired by the art of the ancient world, has helped Greek art to remainvivid in our memories even today. But the reality of ancient art wasentirely different, as surfaces were in fact much more brut. As authorMichael Siebler points out, recent findings have revealed that theseemingly perfect bodies of statues and sculptures were very often paintedin flamboyant colors and ornaments. Thus ancient Greek art combined a highlevel of classical identity with an equal amount of sensuality. Despitebeing viewed in a new light, the beauty of the works of art persists.