Domitian and Tiberius

Tiberi, Alfonso Lombardi
 

Domitian and Tiberius

 

Domitian and Tiberius

Both as a model and source of inspiration, coinage is evoked in these two white marble reliefs -- as  much by their circular form in the shape of a medallion or tondo as in the representation of the emperors Tiberius and Domitian, with their respective identifying inscriptions. These pieces comprise illuminating examples of the interest that, in its eagerness to claim and recover classical antiquity, the Renaissance took in coins -- to the point of initiating numismatics as a new discipline in pioneering works like that of the humanist archbishop of Tarragona Antonio Agustín (1517-1586). These two reliefs formed part of the collection of the humanist Miquel Mai (c. 1480-1546), the Catalan courtier of the emperor Charles V who served as his ambassador at Rome.

 

Domitian, Alfonso Lombardi, 1530-1533

Room 28

Domicià, Alfonso Lombardi, 1530-1533

Tiberius, Alfonso Lombardi, 1530-1533

Room 28

Tiberi, Alfonso Lombardi