Marcus Aurelius Analysis

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The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is a bronzed sculpture of 173-176 C.E, and by which the artist in unknown. It is quite odd, because who wouldn’t want to take pride after creating such a historical and detailed piece of artwork. The Roman statue shows an important royal and grand stance, which signifies heroism and authority. There is much power, as a result of the emperor on a horse, clearly ruling not only the horse, but possibly an audience as well, due to his right hand extended outward.

The horse is greatly detailed through out his whole body, and in particular shows masculinity, especially by his firm legs and by his strong chest. The artist created the horse with a controlling stance, as well as elegant. It is caught in motion,
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Full beards were a fashion launched by Hadrian, the first Roman emperor to have a complete beard, to indicate intelligence and prosperity. The full beard and the curly hair of Marcus Aurelius were created with much detail as well as patience, in my opinion. The hairs have been carved with creases to create more of a realistic and lifelike portrait, which was a popular style of the Romans. The pose of his body shows his head turned slightly to his right, in the direction of his extended right arm. As stated already, his extended right arm, with the palm facing downward, could indicate Marcus Aurelius speaking to an audience, whether it is to his army of troops or the citizens of Rome. In fact, this pose could be interpreted as the posture of adlocutio, signifying that the leader is about to speak. Talking a little bit more about fashion, Marcus Aurelius is wearing a short-sleeved tunic that is gathered at the waist by a cingulum, or a knotted belt. Over the tunic, he wears a paludamentum or a cloak that is gripped on his right shoulder and falls gently over the horse’s body. Similar to the horse’s neck, the cloak has appeared to have many folds, which again give the portrait a more lifelike sense. Finally, moving downward to his feet, he wears the senatorial boots of the upper class, known as calcei

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