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The Ludovisi Gaul is a Roman marble sculpture, a copy of a bronze original commissioned by Attalus I of Pergamon after his victory over the Galatian Gauls. The bronze originals were probably brought to Rome during the reign of Nero. The statue depicts a Gallic warrior in the act of plunging a sword into his breast, looking backwards defiantly, while he supports the dying figure of his wife with his left arm. The sculpture was appreciated for its pleasing proportions of the human body. But this work depicted a specific event, the defeat of barbarians by civilized Greeks in the second century BC. The Romans would have appreciated it for a similar reason, their victories over the Gauls during the second and first centuries BC. More generally, the sculpture symbolized the victory of civilization over barbarism. Nevertheless, the Greeks and Romans had great respect for the martial qualities of their enemies; their individual bravery, their sense of honor.
The sculpture, now in the Palazzo Altemps, Rome, was discovered during excavation for the foundations of the villa Ludovisi between 1621 and 1623.
Craig took this picture for Pro Romanis several years ago on a photographic expedition to Rome. Craig Phares is a photographer, artist, designer, and programmer. He built his first game on a TI-85 calculator when he should have been doing math homework, and has never stopped, creating numerous jaw-dropping digital masterpieces for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. Craig studied sculpture at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, while constantly improving his design and programming skills on his own time. He went on to work for several advertising agencies, finally leaving to form his own company. Craig is the founder of Six Overground, a progressive digital agency focused on building full-scale digital platforms. His company has produced award-winning work for major brands and corporations including Citigroup, Estée Lauder, Havaianas HBO, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, NFL, U.S. Air Force, and USDA. When he’s not glued to a computer monitor, you’ll find him in the real world, dreaming up the next big thing. To learn more about Craig, visit his website at http://sixoverground.com/about/.