Rome - Roman Forum - Arch of Titus
The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century honorific arch located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. 82 AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century—perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836.
The arch is large with both fluted and unfluted columns, the latter being a result of 19th century restoration. The spandrels on the upper left and right of the arch contain personifications of victory as winged women. Between the spandrels is the keystone, on which there stands a female on the East side and a male on the West side.
The soffit of the axial archway is deeply coffered with a relief of the apotheosis of Titus at the center. The sculptural program also includes two panel reliefs lining the passageway within the arch. Both commemorate the joint triumph celebrated by Titus and his father Vespasian in the summer of 71.
The south panel depicts the spoils taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. The Golden Candelabra or Menorah is the main focus and is carved in deep relief. Other sacred objects being carried in the triumphal procession are the Gold Trumpets and the Table of Shew bread. These spoils were likely originally colored gold, with the background in blue. In 2012 the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project discovered remains of yellow ochre paint on the menorah relief.
The north panel depicts Titus as triumphator attended by various genii and lictors, who carry fasces. A helmeted Amazonian, Valour, leads the quadriga or four horsed chariot, which carries Titus. Winged Victory crowns him with a laurel wreath. The juxtaposition is significant in that it is one of the first examples of divinities and humans being present in one scene together. This contrasts with the panels of the Ara Pacis, where humans and divinities are separated.
The sculpture of the outer faces of the two great piers was lost when the Arch of Titus was incorporated in medieval defensive walls. The attic of the arch was originally crowned by more statuary, perhaps of a gilded chariot. The main inscription used to be ornamented by letters made of perhaps silver, gold or some other metal.
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timecapturer (41862) 2014-02-09 2:58
looking at this magnificent arch, you can determine where some of the more modern arch designers grabbed their inspiration from. It looks so beautiful from this aspect and in this light. Gloriously detailed and yet strangely isolated. Stunning!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Royaldevon (24342) 2014-02-09 3:06
Ciao Caro Romano,
I really well exposed photograph of this magnificent arch. The sculptured details are extremely sharp with textures that are almost palpable. I like your viewpoint which makes the arch stand proud against the soft, blue sky.
Have a great day,
jurek1951 (40207) 2014-02-09 3:08
a superb architectural photo with beautiful details and spectacular composition, the colours and lights are very nice, great POV and clarity,
danos (80967) 2014-02-09 3:12
nice the viewe as the presentation of the arch of Titus,as dominating the scene.The good light and colour management enhance the charmy of the scene.
snunney (76410) 2014-02-09 3:26
The point of view is very well chosen to show us this impressive monumental arch, which has withstood the ravages of time to such good effect. The light is ideal to bring out the textural detail and the golden tones. Interesting and useful informative note as well. Have a fine Sunday.
siudzi (29621) 2014-02-09 3:32
Really like this capture. Due to the well managed light the monument looks absolutely unique and elegant. Perfectly observed and composed presentation. TFS!
Have a nice day!
lousat (68585) 2014-02-09 4:05
Ciao Romano,un'eccellente cattura di uno dei tanti gioielli che ornano la tua citta',la luce diagonale è perfettamente esposta e crea un buon effetto 3D,ottimi anche i dettagli nella large version.Buon pomeriggio,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (24405) 2014-02-09 4:16
wow! It is simple but as well has great minimal power. Nice architecture shot with fine graphical impact and with very good light. Excellent shot. Tfs.
mesutilgim (76804) 2014-02-09 4:20
Nice capture of this Roman antique gate in Rome.
Good layout and many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
tyro (17254) 2014-02-09 4:59
A very interesting note and a lovely photograph of this beautiful arch taken in fine low angle early morning light.
The light on the face of the arch is delightful and brings out all the details and textures of the ancient stonework beautifully. The colours are fine and true and the bold composition befits this magnificent monument perfectly.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Sergiom (50636) 2014-02-09 5:06
Nous sommes tous les deux dans les arches ce matin. Je suis pas pal certain que la tienne est plus ancienne que la mienne.Je vais surement la voir en mai lors de mon passage à Rome. Dommage ces barrières métalliques.
Nicou (111365) 2014-02-09 6:16
Superbe mise en valeur de cet arche merveilleux un cadrage latéral queléel vue quelle architecture on voit l'arche ce travail de gravure sur la pierre merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (23738) 2014-02-09 7:07
sei tornato agli splendori della tua antica città, un fantastico arco ricco di dettagli, illuminati da una bellissima luce.
Non potevi presentarcelo in modo migliore.
Noel_Byrne (17253) 2014-02-09 8:02
La vera bellezza classica in architettura, e anche il nome evoca immagini di un altro mondo e un altro tempo. I toni di luce blu e dolci morbidi hanno servito bene per portare fuori un bel tono dorato in pietra. Quasi 2000 anni fa, e ancora possiamo facilmente leggere le iscrizioni. Un credito e un omaggio ai suoi creatori.
Grazie come sempre
holmertz (34669) 2014-02-09 8:22
This is one of the many great monuments of Rome and this straightforward and uncomplicated composition explains clearly why it has such a place in history. The light is superbly used and gives the inscriptions and other small details a kind of 3D character. Your careful post-processing makes the arch look truly magnificent against the deep blue background.
pajaran (45531) 2014-02-09 8:58
Dobar dan, popodne.
Lep pogled na kapiju pobede ...
Dobar tekst sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast i ostrina, lepo pokazana trijumfalna kapija.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je naglasilo lepotu stare arhitekture i detalja.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Nice view of the gate of victory ...
A good text with a history and description of ...
Good picture, contrast and sharpness, nice demonstrated Arc de Triomphe.
Good work, nice captured moment of light that highlighted the beauty of the old architecture and details.
Nice afternoon and all the best
Schnappilic (9682) 2014-02-09 10:15
A beautiful presentation of Arch of Titus in this low light. I like the result!
Una buona serata!
Corry (4128) 2014-02-09 21:19
Très belle prise de vue de l'Arc de Titus avec une belle lumière en façade. Point de vue bien choisi. Salutations.
Mics (431) 2014-02-09 21:27
Presentazione stupenda di questo arco iconico. Mi piace molto bene la gestione della luce come questo ha dato una tonalità morbida all'immagine complessiva con i dettagli ancora forte. Bel lavoro :-)
SnapRJW (27068) 2014-02-09 22:58
Hello Romano - Your vantage point shows of the form of the arch very well as we get a good feel for the breadth and depth of the opening. The light is attractively soft and colours well managed. I don't really like the vignette but that is very much a personal preference. Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (49328) 2014-02-10 1:34
it doesn't matter how many times i view these pieces of historic architecture in Rome, it amazes me each time.
for example, just look at how thick and wide this is.
amazing to think how it was built and created many years ago.
saxo042 (35814) 2014-02-10 1:47
You have chosen a very good POV to show this impressive arch with two of its sides in different light. This is a very interesting picture and note, good contributions to TE. I guess Titus himself was very proud and honoured when this arch was finished.
Didi (53355) 2014-02-10 2:35
Si j'écris en Français est ce que tu peux comprendre ?
Intéressante composition, le point de vue est intéressant, j'apprécie le volume de l'architecture
Il est possible de masquer les branches d'arbres en haut à gauche
Silvio1953 (111120) 2014-02-10 6:05
Ciao Romano, io avrei clonato i rami in alto a sinistra, gran bella inquadratura e magnifica luce, bravo, ciao Silvio
PS io ho rinunciato a postare in formato grande, che come mi hai fatto notare anche tu da fastidio scrollare la foto, non capisco perché non adattino la visualizzazione, mah
abmdsudi (36344) 2014-02-10 16:07
A piece of nicely shaped ornate stonework and the lovely aged on this arch so alive and preserved. Fabulous detail and textures, surely the stone never looked so good and that low warm light is icing on the sweet roll. Such a wonderful capture! Congrats
ourania (22778) 2014-03-02 3:38
che bel punto di vista hai trovato per accentuare il dinamismo, fascino e suggestione di questo arco. Sembra tridimensionale ed il luogo nel quale prevale e' ben definito ed intrigante. Mi piacciono tantissimo le ombre, offrono dimensione, mistero ed atmosfera. Le hai catturate e rese meravigliosamente, la graduazione delle ombre e delle tonalita' scure ed armoniose del ambiente hanno un' interazione superba. I dettagli sono attraenti, il cielo blu squisitamente naturale. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona domenica,