Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius

Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius

Date 161-80 CE

Movement Roman

Medium Bronze

Provenance Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), Rome

Housed at Museo del Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome


As with Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius hearkened back to the bearded styles of Grecians past, being a philosopher himself. The art, too, takes upon this philosophical air, as abstract themes become more abundant. Marcus’ gaze is covered with languid eyelids as his outstretched arm implies mercy; meanwhile, the raised leg of his horse would have been smashing a now-missing barbarian.