Roman statues were not the white we see today but were painted. This recreated bust of Caligula uses the pigments found by scientific analysis.
Gaius Iulius Caesar Germanicus;
Antium (Anzio), 31 VIII 12 – Roma, 24 I 41 AD
The original portrait from the Copenhagen Carlsberg Glyptotek and the proposed coloured recostruction
Vatican Museums 2004/2005
2004/2005 Exhibition “The Colours of White”