The most famous equestrian statue in Rome (if not the world) is, without doubt, that of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (r. 161-80), one of the glories of the Capitoline Museums.
According to late-imperial accounts, there were once 22 bronze equestrian statues (equi magni) in ancient Rome. That of Marcus Aurelius is the only one to have survived intact.
In addition to that of Marcus Aurelius, there are more than a dozen other such statues in Rome, most dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries.
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 walking tours of Rome.
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