Column of Trajan, close-up of lower five bands
The Column of Trajan commemorated Trajan's successful military campaign against the Dacians, which extended the Roman territory across the Danube into what is now Hungary and Romania. The Roman interest in narrative fact has sacrificed visual fact in this work. The irregularity in scale of the figures to their surroundings is an indication of conventions which would appear in Medieval art, when Christian narrative was more important than physical realism.
Artform: SCULPTURE, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Apollodorus of Damascus
Artist Dates: c50-130 CE
Country/Culture: Ancient Rome
Date: 112 CE
Size: each band 91 cm high
Style: Early Empire
Museum: © Davis Art Images
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