ArtForum reports that a classics professor is getting death threats over her essay published on Hyperallergic.
Sarah E. Bond, a historian of Rome who works as an assistant professor in the classics department at the University of Iowa, has received death threats and is being targeted by the alt-right for publishing an article on polychromy in the ancient world. “They viewed the piece as ‘liberal professor says that all white statues are racist,’” Bond told Lauren Cavalli of artforum.com. “And that is clearly not what the piece is about.”
The sad part of the story is that the threats are based upon a naive and out-dated understanding of classical art, especially the statuary we see in museums which were polychrome in their original form.