Researchers investigate "ancient lighting"

A team of experts is investigating ancient lighting techniques to evaluate how artifacts would look in their original light. The result "is a warm, sumptuous glow, which the researchers describe as subtle and pleasant compared with the 'rough, almost unnatural' effect of modern lighting." (photo)

The team, from the Digital Laboratory at the University of Warwick, UK, consisted of computer scientists and archaeologists at the Roman site of Conimbriga in Portugal, who used computer techniques to look at how sites and artifacts would have originally appeared.

Researchers investigate "ancient lighting"

A few years ago Christ Church College (Oxford) did a display of some of their silver. We saw it in daylight with electric lighting. In the evening there was a special tour where the same silver was lit using only the candlelight that would have been used at the time. Viewers reported that the silver had a totally different appearance. And, it has been reported that some of the gowns from the 1700s with gilt thread, which is hard to see in daylight, picked up the candle glow and became totally different when seen at night by myriad candles.