The article focuses on a digital reconstruction of a Palmyrene portrait, the so-called Beauty of Palmyra, in the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, a project recently carried out for a special exhibition on ancient Palmyra. The study introduces to the academic work behind color reconstructions by presenting not only the artwork and its polychromy but especially the intermediate considerations and choices behind the final reconstruction, which illustrates how subjective such endeavors often are.

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