129
129
Italian, early 19th century
After the Antique
MARCUS AURELIUS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
129
Italian, early 19th century
After the Antique
MARCUS AURELIUS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Italian, early 19th century
After the Antique
MARCUS AURELIUS
the base with the Coat of Arms of Pope Paul III and with a Coat of Arms for Rome inscribed S.P.Q.R.
the base elaborately inscribed on both sides: IMP. CAESARI D. ANTONINI F.D. HADRIANI / D. TRAIANI PARTHICI PRONEPOTI [...] and: PAULUS III. P.M. STATVAM AENEAM EQVESTREM / A S.P.Q.R. M. ANTONINO PIO ETIAM TVM VIV̄ [...]
bronze, on a white marble base
bronze: 39cm., 15 3/8 in.
marble base: 18.5cm., 7¼in. 
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Catalogue Note

The monumental equestrian bronze group of Marcus Aurelius, originally made for the Campidoglio, Rome, was the most important statue from antiquity to survive above ground. That may have been due, in part, to its erroneous identification as a portrait of Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor. 

The great classical bronze is also among the first statues from Antiquity of which bronze reductions were made, from the Renaissance onwards. The first was executed by Filarete (now in Dresden), dedicated to Piero de' Medici in 1465. 

RELATED LITERATURE
F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique. The Lure of Classical Sculpture, New Haven/ London, 1981, pp. 252-5

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