The emperor Augustine ruled from 27 B.C. to 14 A.D. and brought much peace to the empire. The imperial head of this statue was attached to a much later body, probably during Hadrian's reign in the 100s A.D.
Two emperor's heads are situated by each other. Hadrian (of the Wall fame) is on the right looking over at a bronze version of himself.
|Hadrian admires himself|
Further on is matching thrones dedicated to Bacchus, but from the Vatican collection.
The Romans also have a hall dedicated to their statuary. Featured is a statue from the Collection Borghese's salle egyptienne, or Egyptian Room. She is Woman in prayer between two Ionic columns, made from red and white marble.
|Woman in prayer between two ionic columns|
Nearby is the famous Cupid and Psyche by sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). The detail is quite exquisite.
|Canova's Cupid and Psyche|
|Backside, because you need to see all of the statue!|
Further on is a sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti of l'Esclave mourant or The Dying Slave from the tomb of Pope Julius II, made from 1513-1515. The project changed in scope several times. After Julius died apparently the money for the tomb dried up and the sculptures were never finished. After a few owners, this and one other wound up at the Louvre.
The other captive from the tomb is l'Esclave rebelle or The Rebellious Slave.
From northern Italy is this Hercules Fighting the Hydra, a fountain figure from the 17th century in bronze.
|Hercules, maybe playing baseball or golf|
Our last sculpture is the Nymph of Fontainebleau, a bronze relief from the 16th century, originally over the gate of the chateau de Fontainebleau. Benvenuto Cellini is the sculptor.
|Nymph of Fontainebleau|
Our next stop will be to look at various paintings in the Louvre.