The Gemma Augustea: Cameo of Augustus

Upper register (detail), Dioskourides, Gemma Augustea, 9 – 12 C.E., 19 x 23 cm, double-layered sardonyx with gold, gold-plated silver (Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna) By Dr. Julia Fischer / 08.08.2015 Lecturer of Art History Georgia Southern University Head (detail), Augustus of Primaporta, 1st century C.E. (Vatican Museums) Private art Gemma Claudia, 49 C.E., 120 x 152 cm without[…]

Augustus of Primaporta: Imperial Power in Imagery

By Dr. Julia Fischer / 08.08.2015 Lecturer of Art History Georgia Southern University Augustus and the power of images Augustus of Primaporta, 1st century C.E., marble, 2.03 meters high (Vatican Museums) Today, politicians think very carefully about how they will be photographed.  Think about all the campaign commercials and print ads we are bombarded with[…]