Column of Trajan, Forum of Trajan, Rome. 120 ft high. Square based decorated with Dacian arms and armor. entire column is covered with a continuous frieze depicting Trajan's two successful campaigns against the Dacians. the story is told in more than 150 episodes and more than 2500 figures appear.
column with reliefs depicting the life of christ, commissioned by bishop bernward for saint michale's hildesheim, 1015-1022 bronze. the narrative reads from bottom to top just like the column of trajan.
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, bronze, Rome. preserved due to the thought that he was mistaken for constantine, the first emperor to accept christianity as the official religion of the roman empire. Marcus Aurelius posses a superhuman grandeur, he is larger than life. his extended hand shows clemency to his victims. the portrait is a symbol of power.
Donatello, Gattamelata, Padua, 1445-1450 bronze. Donatello's equestrian statue rivaled that of ancient times, even compared to that of Marcus Aurelius. Gattameleta was a deceased condottiere. Although he is depicted as being grandiose, gattamelata is not depicted as a super human as marcus aurelius.
Leonardo da Vinci, the last supper, 1495-1498. oil and tempera on plaster. Christ with his outstretched hands just said "one of you is about to betray me" Christ is also separated from the disciples in that he sits alone and the dramatic events surround his character.
Frans Hals, archers of saint hadrian, oil on canvas, 1633. hans excelled at group portraiture, therefore he did dutch militia groups. Each man is a member of the group but an individual at the same time, each with its own personality. although they are all in uniform, hans can still create a sense of spontaneity.
monticello, thomas Jefferson, 1772, Neoclassical. primary plantation of thomas jefferson, the third president of the united states of america. similar to fortuna virilis due to the classical structure of the facade. the capitols, entablature and pediment make the facade just like the pseudoperipteral style temple of the romans. that is why it is part of the neoclassical period, combines both classical elements along with modern elements.
Temple of "Fortuna Virilis" (Temple of Portunas), Rome. POrtunas was the roman god of harbors. Etruscan style with the high podium and only accessible through the front.ionic order. pseudoperipteral temple.
Raphael, Philosophy(School of Athens), Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Palace, Fresco, Rome. not really a school, but a congregation of great philosophers. massive statues of Apollo and Athena that oversee the meeting symbolize knowledge and wisdom.
Georges-Pierre Seurat, 1885, oil on canvas, post impressionism.the image is meant to be viewed froma certain angle from the right facing to the left. that is why the figures on the right are larger than those to the left.