Medici Venus once wore lipstick

Chemical analysis of the Medici Venus, a 1st century Roman sculpture housed since 1677 at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, has determined that the sensuous lady once had painted lips, gilded hair and jeweled earrings.

18th century "Grand Tour" accounts told of the painted beauty, but a harsh cleaning during the reign of Napoleon stripped the statue of her finery. "Our study shows that what the Grand Tour visitors described was not the result of a collective hallucination, but the remains of the statue's ancient decoration," said Fabrizio Paolucci,‭ head of the Uffizi's classical antiquities department.