Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The Divine Augustus
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.