The Age of Augustus, the Birth of Christ  1854

by Jean-Léon Gérôme

At the apex of this theatrically arranged study, Augustus Caesar sits in front of the Temple of Janus and touches the shoulder of a man personifying Rome. Surrounding him are scholars and statesmen while foreign tribes gather below. The Nativity scene in the foreground illustrates the coincidental moment of world peace under Augustus when Christ was born. [br] In 1852, J...
37.1 x 55.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty