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Symbolic Figures In Ancient Rome

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All figures are depicted strictly frontally facing the viewer's head at the same level. Emphasis monotonously repeats each, except for the extreme figures gesture bent at a right angle of the right hand. Parallel lines are falling vertical folds of heavy garments. The whole group froze in silent anticipation. Immobility composition petrification of poses and gestures, rhythmic, hammered rhythm - all this gives the image of the scene a sense of alienation from everyday life. This feeling is further enhanced by the fact that the figure depicted on abstract gold background, and the emperor is crowned not only the crown of an earthly ruler but also around glow - the halo, according to the laws of the Christian church. Mosaic compositions temple shine and sparkle voiced pure colors, iridescent rainbow hues of pink, green, blue, purple smalt. Magnificent splendor of the rainbow color more intense sounds against a background of gold, shaded white robes of the court, and deacons. Gold glitter on the background and clothes reaches much effect because the individual pieces of tesserae laid not smooth, and at different angles. Therefore, the emitted light mosaic vibrates, oscillates, creating the impression of some kind of shimmering, magical atmosphere that permeates the warm rays of the entire interior of the church.…show more content…
These figures include men, women, children, priests, and identifiable members of the political elite during the Augustan age, including Augustus, his wife Livia, his son-in-law Marcus Agrippa (who died in 12 BCE), and Tiberius, Augustus's adopted son and successor who would marry the emperor's widowed daughter in 11 BCE. While the altar as a whole celebrates the Augustus as a peacemaker, this scene, in particular, promotes him as a pious family man. He was supposed to show the military superiority of the Roman Empire and visually reminded of the glorious dynasty
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