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Model of The Arch of Constantine, Rome


Height: 18.7cm
Width: 26cm
Depth: 6cm

Museum number: MR29

Curatorial note

This is one of the most well-known monuments in Rome and was raised by the Senate in 315 AD to commemorate the victory of the Emperor Constantine the Great against his rival Maxentius. The Arch incorporates sculptural decoration taken from earlier Imperial monuments, including roundels showing Dawn and Evening, casts of which can be seen in the Ante-Room between the Dome Area and the Breakfast Room here at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The reuse of earlier, classicizing sculpture juxtaposed with later, stylised sculptural decorations dating to the period of Constantine was commented upon by many authors, starting with Giorgio Vasari. The Arch was said to mark the change from Classical art to that of the medieval period.

Exhibition history

John Soane Architect: Master of Space and Light, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 11 September - 3 December 1999; Centro Palladio, Vicenza, April - August 2000; Hôtel de Rohan, Paris, January - April 2001; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 16 May - 3 September 2001; Real Academia des Bellas Artes, Madrid, October - December 2001

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk