The Arch of Constantine (Italian: Arco di Costantino) is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome, and the only one to make extensive use of spolia, re-using several major reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments, which give a striking and famous stylistic contrast to the sculpture newly created for the arch.
The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. This route started at the Campus Martius, led through the Circus Maximus and around the Palatine Hill; immediately after the Arch of Constantine, the procession would turn left at the Meta Sudans and march along the Via Sacra to the Forum Romanum and on to the Capitoline Hill, passing both the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus.
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photoray (11863) 2014-05-27 7:24
Fine night view of Constantine's Arch, immense and very ornate with carved reliefs and statues, with large central arch and two adjoining.
And interesting to note the "borrowing" of art relief works from other monuments.
But then, the world powers would continue to take the ancient art from Italy, Greece, Egypt, etc. in the later centuries.
Today it is better to see art and architecture in its rightful place by visiting the countries in person.
thanks for sharing,
- Copyright: Lefteris Petroutsos (Lefteris13) (300)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2009-03-02
- Categories: Architecture
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- Date Submitted: 2014-05-14 20:52