Augustus

 

In January of 27 BC, the senate and the people of Rome conferred upon the 36-year old Gaius Octavius, who under the name of his adoptive father, Julius Caesar, had for three years been the absolute dictator of the Roman Empire, the honorary title "Augustus", or "Venerable". Around 150 copies of the official effigy, which was made of the emperor to commemorate this occasion and which was reissued again and again even after the ruler had died, remain today. The best preserved version is the Augustus in the Glyptothek, which was part of the Bevilacqua collection from Verona and was purchased by Ludwig I in 1811. It shows the emperor in sovereign elegance and aloof beauty, with his facial features entirely relaxed and his hair neatly arranged.

Unlike in the contemporary republican portraits with their striking, furrowed character faces that always tried to highlight the life-time achievements and political experience of the person portrayed, there is no sign whatsoever of age or effort. The ruler is presented to the beholder as regal and ageless, raised high above the vicissitudes of fate and the transience of human life. This testimony is all the more noteworthy when you consider that the Munich head dates back to the latter years of Augustus' life; he died in 14 AD at the age of 76.

The Augustus Bevilacqua in the Glyptothek is wearing an oak wreath, also known as the Civic Crown. It identifies the person portrayed as a "pater patriae", or "Father of the Fatherland".

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Glyptothek München

15. Juni 2013

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Pompejanum Aschaffenburg

15. Juni 2013

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