Public Art in Rome
In ancient times the Romans were keen supporters of public art, in fact they loved nothing more
than erecting a statue in honour of an Emperor. The Romans treated public art with the same enthusiasm that they
treated war. In fact public art became a way of gloating, "to the victor came the spoils" so to speak. Bigger,
better, grander. Artists, like warriors, were worshipped. From Triumphal Arches to marble statues, Emperors and
later Popes wanted their achievements recognised and displayed for all the world to see and they wanted the best
sculptors to create them.