Antoninus Pius and Faustina on the wings of the Genius of Death. Fragment of relief on the front face of the pedestal of the Antoninus Piusí column.

White Italian marble. 161 CE.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Cortile delle Corazze
(Musei Vaticani)

Description:
Portraits of the deified Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (left) and his wife Faustina (veiled). The detail is from an apotheosis scene in which the (deceased) emperor and his wife are being carried upwards on the back of a winged male (genius) sometimes identified as the personification of Eternity (Latin: aeternitas). From a monumental column base set up after the emperorís death in A.D. 161, now in the collections of the Vatican Museums, Rome.
Credits:
© 2005. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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