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#203

Marcus Aurelius

Mark Aurel, Römisches Reich, Kaiser (1400-1469) | Portrayed Person
Filarete (1400-1469) | Sculptor

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The statuette is a scaled-down and free replica of the ancient equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome. Thanks to the unusual inscription on the base plate, it is known that Filarete created it while working on the bronze doors for St. Peter's Basilica. It is considered the first small bronze of the Renaissance and the founding work of this genre inspired by antiquity, which, unlike sculpture before it, serves no purpose (e.g. for religious devotion) but only the pleasure of the collector.

Material & Technique
Bronze
Museum
Skulpturensammlung
Dating
c. 1440/45
Inventory number
H4 155 / 037
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