Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius [and Base] (Rome, Italy) : Head of Marcus Aurelius, depicting beard

Creator:
Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564
unknown (Ancient Roman sculptor)
Published/Created:
Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome, Lazio, Italy
ca. 150 ; ca. 1538 (alteration)
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990's
8000 BC - 499 AD
Notes:
Initially Michelangelo was asked to design a base for the ancient equestrian statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, which Paul III had moved from the Lateran to the Capitoline in 1538. His choice of an oval base is echoed in the oval pavement (from 1561), and Ackerman argued that Michelangelo produced the designs for the whole piazza, including the façade of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, at this early date, although the latter was not executed until after 1561. This is the only equestrian bronze to have survived since Antiquity. The only reason that this sculpture survived, is that it was thought to be a statue of Emperor Constantine, who was the first Emperor of Rome to legalize Christianity in the empire. The bronze now in position is a modern copy; the original is in the Palazzo dei Conservatori nearby.
Topics:
Architecture -- Roman -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Renaissance
Culture:
Italian
Roman
Accession Number:
1A3-RS-R-MA-B8
Genre:
sculpture (AAT)
sculpture: statues: equestrian statues (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
portraits; rulers and leaders; Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, 121-180 casting ; construction components; bases (object components); visual works; sculpture (visual work) face; beard
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10100817
PID:
digcoll:1852415