The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius is a work of art thatuses man and creature to create a powerful image of a great ruler.The statue was erected when Marcus Aurelius was installed as a Romanemperor. According to Kleiner (2013), generations of extravagance hadmade the high and mighty weak and selfish. The style of an imperilportrait that was invented by the Romans gives meaning to theequestrian, which is represented on a horseback. I agree with thisevaluation, as it takes into consideration the age and times of theart piece’ creation.
Theemerging movement of romanticism was the style that was used tocreate Psyche revived by Cupid’s Kiss. The art representsthe Roman god of love. During this period, the height of love andtenderness had had its effects in Rome. I agree with thisevaluation because as Grady & Bennet (2011) say, there is ahandle at one of the Psyche’s feet. This was used to facilitaterevolving motion for the statue. This movement is used to emphasizeemotion and beauty, which enables the audience to view the art fromall angles.
TheLaw Code of Hammurabi is an art which is an emblem ofMesopotamian civilization. The statue was created with anauthoritarian motive, to live up to its image of being figure ofpower. The artist used height to make the relief sculpture startabove the eye level. The lines on the statue help to convey thecommissioner’s motive. According to Richardson (2004), the visualelements in this sculpture serve the purpose of delivering the codeof Hammurabi in a manner that suggests that the figure was authorizedby God. I agree with this evaluation, given that the purpose of thestatue was to serve as a judicial foundation for the whole ofBabylon.
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Grady, R. &Bennet, J. (2011). TheBillionaire’s bedside manner/ her innocence, his conquest. NewYork, NY: Mills & Boon Publishers.
Richardson,M.E.J. (2004). Hammurabi’sLaws: Text, translation and glossary. BloomsburyAcademic.