The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Triumph of Marius

The Triumph of Marius
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo  (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid)
Date: 1729.  Medium: Oil on canvas. Dimensions: Irregular painted surface, 220 x 128 5/8 in. (558.8 x 326.7 cm)

The subject of this triumphal procession is identified by a Latin inscription at the top of the canvas from the Roman historian Lucius Anneus Florus (Epitome of Roman History, 36:17): "The Roman people behold Jugurtha laden with chains." The African king Jugurtha is shown descending a hill before his captor, the Roman general Gaius Marius. A youth beats a tambourine while other figures carry booty, including a bust of the mother goddess Cybele. The thirty-year-old Tiepolo included his portrait among the figures at the left. The procession was held on January 1, 104 B.C.

The picture—a masterpiece of Tiepolo's early maturity—is from a series of ten canvases painted about 1725–29 to decorate the main room of the Ca' Dolfin, Venice. [The Metropolitan Museum of  Art]


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zeder said...

The first picture, wonderful...

Cloudy said...

Wunderschöner Bericht mit faszinierenden Fotos...

Lieben Gruß und Sonne im Herzen