The original statue is now in Museo Capitolino. / 'Marcus Aurelius, AD 161-180. Bronze, over life-size. The most complete equestrian statue to survive from Roman times, found in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. The horse, going forward at an active but controlled trot with the head a little overbent as he takes the bit, is a fine and strong steed, fit for royalty. The emperor, bare-legged in his short tunic and laced sandals, is at ease, sitting well into the horse on just a saddlecloth. He is clearly ready to correct the horse's line as it leans slightly away to the right. This is a genuine horseman, not just an emperor in equestrian apotheosis.' Source: John Fairley (1995), The Art of the Horse, Figure 26, page 36. Source: www2.truman.edu/~capter/jins343/aure.htm / 'This is the only surviving example of the many equestrian statues that adorned Rome. It used to stand in the center of the square until 1980, when it was moved to the Capitoline Museum. Today, in the center of the square we find a perfect copy of it.'
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