Why the Greek woman and the Roman woman have skin so dark? They seem more dark than the egyptian, the Greeks and the Romans have many more differences in physiognomy.
Thanks for your question.
Well, at first, (and yes I now this probably just sounds like some sort of “pseudo-excuse”, but it’s the way things are) my main focus for this drawing lies in the clothing. I wanted to create something that shows the (general) difference between the Egyptian, Greek and Roman way of dressing. This is, by the way, also why all three women stand in the same posture, have white, empty eyes, lack in any prominent facial expressions, characteristic physiognomy etc.
It’s a study of ancient fashion.
Secondly, I’m actually growing a bit tired of the way many people catagorize humans as being either entirely white or entirely black (or “darker-skinned”). There are many things in between. The Greeks and Romans had a sort of dark golden, olive-ish complexion and it’s this colour that I’ve tried to capture. As for the Egyptian, I wanted to show that “black” can mean many different things. I believe that the Egyptians were a “mixed” race, at least when talking about the later dyasties (which is what I’m doing now). I’m not saying that the Egyptians were both “black” and “white”. I’m merely suggesting that some Egyptians might have been as dark-skinned as, say, ancient Nubians, and some might not.