Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Marcus Aurelius on his Horse (175 C.E.)
In any case, I have been mostly showing off ancient art, and this is one of my favorite pieces from a recent trip to Rome. It is in the Capitoline Museum, right off the Roman Forum, and it is magnificent. Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher emperor, is depicted upon his horse in a larger than life piece, one of a handful of bronze pieces from the ancient world to survive (many of them were retrieved from the Mediterranean, as sinking them saved them from being melted down). Both man and horse look so real, so alive that it is breathtaking to behold. Nothing about my photo really captures that, so you really must see it.