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The Best Bronze Equestrian Statue left to us by the Romans

 Stendhal (in A Roman Journal) on this admirable equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus in Rome: “it is the best equestrian statue in bronze that has been left to us from the Romans…In its expression, the admirable naturalness and beauty of the design, the statue of Marcus Aurelius is the opposite of those that our sculptors give us in Paris. For example, the Henry lV on the Pont Neuf looks as if his only concern is not to fall off the horse. Marcus Aurelius is calm and simple. He considers himself in no way obliged to be a charlatan, he speaks to his soldiers. One sees his character and almost hears what he says.”

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