Tag Archives: Imperial Art

The Arch of Constantine, Rome, 312-315 CE, Photo by Xerones via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution license.

The Arch of Constantine: What’s with the Bad Sculpture?

Actually, only some of the sculptures are bad… and only compared to others on the same monument.  Art historians refer to this as a problem.  At the very least, it’s curious. The Emperor Constantine built this triumphal arch to commemorate his … Continue reading

Aullus Metellus, early 1st century BCE, Bronze, 5’9”, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Augustus of Primaporta: Spin City

Perhaps the Romans were not the most original artists, but they really knew how to work with what they borrowed. This is the first Roman emperor, Augustus, which means, “Supreme Ruler.” He was the grandnephew and adopted son of Julius … Continue reading

Anonymous Artist, The Emperor Hadrian, c. 127, marble, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.

The Pantheon: Making Connections

The Roman emperors surely did not invent political propaganda, but they were experts at it. The Emperor Hadrian paid for and may have designed The Pantheon which is a religious temple dedicated to all of the Roman Gods and members … Continue reading