The colossal bronze head (177 cm) of Constantine the Great (r. 306-37), in the Capitoline Museums, is almost all that survives of a statue of the emperor that once stood between 10 and 12 metres high.
Apart from the head, only the left hand and a spiked orb remain. The three fragments were donated to the city of Rome by Pope Sixtus IV (r. 1471-84) in 1471. They were placed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, which is now part of the Musei Capitolini.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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