Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Divine Augustus

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The first time I came to Rome, I don't think I saw this statue. Maybe I missed the room in the Vatican. Or maybe it had been removed for restoration. If you want to see all of Italy, you must be patient because something is always undergoing restoration... But, here he is, the divine Emperor Augustus of the Prima Porta. Archaeologists think that originally, the statue was painted but the traces are too far gone to determine what color they might have been. I can't imagine that color could have made this statue any more beautiful and majestic. It was found in the the area believed to the villa of his wife Livia.

5 comments:

Saretta said...

Hi! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog...and linking to me! I used to live in northern California, too. First, in Berkeley, then a small town in the Sacramento Valley called Colusa, then I went to Chico State. Take care!

Fern Driscoll said...

Beautiful statue! The one I've always wanted to see is the huge bronze figure that was recently found in the water between Italy and Sicily - will have to look it up, I'm not finding it easily - but it's huge, and I bet it's really impressive to see.

I enjoy your blog - you know more about Italy than many a person who lives here, I think.

Fern ~ an Expatriate with a blog: http://farfalle1.wordpress.com

homebody at heart said...

Hi Saretta,

It's a small world isn't it? I have family in Colusa and I'll be headed there in November for Thanksgiving!

Hi Fern,

Thanks for the complement! I haven't heard about that statue but I'll keep an eye out for it for future reference. Photographing statues can be a challenge depending on what they're made of, the lighting and background but this is one of my favorites.

Saretta said...

You guessed my Mystery Photo!!! How did you do that? You will have to explain your southern Italy connection to me! And you have family in Colusa? It IS a small world!

homebody at heart said...

Saretta,

I saw a hotel in a guidebook called Special Places that were rennovated trulli and I would love to stay in one. I love stone buildings but usually with flowers. As far a connection with southern Italy, I wrote a couple of posts archived under Naples, if you want to know how southern Italy got under my skin. It is so misrepresented in most guidebooks and even the news.