There were cries of protest from purists when the technology was developed to colorize old black-and-white movies; one of the companies doing it generated plenty of bad press for colorizing an old Sinatra flick--and rendering his eyes brown. (Does the nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes" mean anything?)
We wonder if there will be similar outcry now that technology has been developed that can colorize ancient Greek and Roman statues. The difference here is that the colors are not being arbitrarily added--a combination of ultraviolet, infrared and X-ray spectroscopy can apparently divine the approximate hues these statues were painted in. And folks, it ain't always pretty:
Good gosh, Caesar Augustus' breastplate looks like a freaking five-year-old's birthday cake! And who knew the guy was ginger. io9's got the full story here.