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Exhibitions & shows

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Julius Caesar's adopted son Augustus (63 BC-14 AD) was history's first Roman emperor. As we mark the 2000th anniversary of his death, the Louvre and Rome's Capitoline Museums have joined forces to present works symbolising that golden age at the Grand Palais. Meet the exposition's French curators, Cécile Giroire and Daniel Roger.The exhibition explores Augustus as a man and public figure through the history of art. The 40-year reign of the first Roman emperor was marked by an extraordinary artistic resurgence: statues, carved reliefs, frescoes, work with precious metals. The "Augustan Age" became a cultural touchstone, to the point that the name of Maecenas, a friend of the emperor's and protector of Virgil, Horace and Propertius, has entered common parlance to mean a patron of literature or the arts.What makes the reign of Augustus so unique? The first emperor's reign corresponds to a golden age. The Romans experienced their economic peak under Augustus through establishment of the Pax Romana, which facilitated broad-spectrum enrichment and promoted substantial development of the arts. One could call it a "cultural policy", though that might be an anachronistic term. The emperor promoted the arts to ensure unity across the Empire, where languages, customs and religions were very diverse. From Asia Minor to Gaul, temples, forums, and coins have been found bearing the same symbol. Augustus' desire to disseminate his image in the same way throughout the Empire was swiftly implemented. Production of jewellery, glass art and cameos reached its peak.Charlemagne took inspiration from Augustus, Napoleon compared himself to him... yet this emperor is little-known to the general public. For us, the founding character is Caesar, because he conquered Gaul. Augustus was a good manager, a good head of state, brought prosperity to the Empire by creating infrastructures, cities, trade routes. Nero's depravity and Caligula's madness are renowned. But there aren't many juicy things to tell about Augustus, who was down-to-earth and shy, who carefully prepared his speeches and was neither tyrant nor madman.Tell us about a remarkable work to be seen in the exhibition. We received some outstanding loans and Roman collection at the Louvre is one of the largest in the world outside Italy. But one of the key works, the one that greets visitors and is featured on the exhibition poster, is the Augustus of Prima Porta. This marble sculpture is 2.20 metres tall and was found in the house of Augustus' wife, Livia, in Prima Porta, near Rome, in 1863. This is the first time it has left the Vatican Museum. It shows Augustus in military uniform with his breastplate covered in various cosmic elements, in the middle of which is a scene of great import to the Romans: the 20 BC retrieval of standards taken by the Parthians thirty-three years earlier.Moi, Auguste, empereur de Rome... The Grand Palais (grandpalais.fr). Until July 13th..LEGENDES : Auguste en quadrige. Statue Auguste de Prima Porta.COPYRIGHTS : © Auguste en quadrige. Naples, musée archéologique national © Soprintendenza speciale per i beni archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, archivio fotografica ; Auguste de la Prima Porta. Rome, cité du Vatican, musei vaticani © Musées du Vatican, cité du Vatican ; Stèle de type Horus sur les crocodiles. Fin du IVe siècle av. JC. Musée civique d'archeologie, Bologne ; DR ; Michel Chauveau ; Giovanni Rimini