The Christmas edition of Sculpture Saturday introduces the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. It is made of bronze and stands 4.24 m (13.9 ft) tall. The statue was erected around 175 AD. The statue depicts Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius mounted with his right hand extended as if reviewing his troops.
The photo above is of a replica statue that was created in 1981 when the original was taken down for restoration. A laser beam was used to record the original’s measurements to ensure an accurate reproduction in bronze. This replica stands on Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy.
The original work is displayed in the Capitoline Museums. It is one of only two surviving bronze statues of a pre-Christian Roman emperor.
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