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Free exhibition The Art of command. The legacy of Augustus

Ara Pacis, Rome, Italy

The art of command. The legacy of Augustus, free exhibition from 25.04.2014 to 09.07.2014, the Ara Pacis.

Twelve sections of the exhibition, divided by themes and different historical periods, illustrating how emperors like Charlemagne, Frederick II, Charles V and Napoleon, to name just a few, in the course of history have reinterpreted the art of command of Augustus sometimes with very similar or identical formulas.

The exhibition explores the main cultural policies and propaganda implemented by Augustus in his principality and replicated through the centuries for their exemplary character.

The art of conveying consensus around the person of Augustus, and at the same time enhance the heroic destinies of Rome was pursued with such success by the Emperor to be a model and a source of inspiration in later centuries, until the absolutist regimes of the twentieth century.

Exposed engravings, paintings, coins, mosaics, etchings, oils, sculptures and gems thanks to loans from: Prints and Drawings of the Uffizi Museum in the city of Mantova - Palazzo San Sebastiano, Capodimonte National Museum, Vatican Museums, National Central Library , Galleria Borghese, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Barberini Palace, National Museum Romano in the Palazzo Massimo, National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, Dino Foundation and Ernesta Santarelli, National Museum of Palazzo Venezia, the Archaeological Superintendency of Lazio, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena , Circuit museum Genius Bononiae, Library of Art and History of San Giorgio in Poggiale of Bologna and other seats of the Civic Museums of Rome Capital.

The Augustan propaganda was based on the descent of the gens Julia Trojan hero Aeneas, son of Anchises and the goddess Venus already known from Greek and Roman epic tradition and protagonist in the Lazio region of ancient myths of foundation. The prince, however, had the ability to commission a series of works that sistematizzavano the Trojan origins of Rome and at the same time those of his own family, so that his rise to power appeared to his contemporaries not only legitimate but predestined. To this end he commissioned works such as the Aeneid, the decor symbolic of his court and the Ara Pacis, making propaganda art, and entrusting to the creations of the best minds of his time his own image. Augustus was able to choose his collaborators and adapted them to his regime myth of a golden age, when the weather starts its cycle and returns among men simplicity of manners, prosperity and universal peace.

These two levers used by the Augustan circle to lay the foundations of the imaginary imperial, were so effective that the divine descent of the emperor and the peace of Augustus will be a source of inspiration for centuries to come absolutism.

Opening entry shows:
Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-19.00
the input is allowed up to 18.00
closed on Mondays

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from 25 April to 7 September 2014



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