Ara Pacis Augustae

3d model and reconstruction

Ara Pacis Augustae

In our reconstruction of Augustus’ Ara Pacis we mainly concentrated on the extraordinary sculptural and decorative elements that are the most important characteristic aspects of the monument. We made a highly detailed model of the sculptures using photogrammetric comparisons made from a photographic survey composed of many, many photos taken at various angles. A part of the sculptures from the upper north side are preserved in France, at the Louvre. In our reconstruction we were able to put back this part into its original position on the north segment by making a photogrammetric survey of the original section of piece We than moved on to the recolorization of the entire north section with the upper section composed of figures and the lower section composed of a floral motif.

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Ara Pacis Augustae

The Ara Pacis Augustae, the altar voted by the Senate in 13 BC and dedicated to the policy of peace promoted by the princeps, is surely one of the most representative monuments of the Augustan age. The Ara was originally located along the Via Flaminia (now Via del Corso) in the area of the present-day Montecitorio. The altar is enclosed by a large wall built on high podium (c. 11 X 10 meters) to which one gained access by a center stair on the front side. Both the surrounding wall and the altar were faced with a rich decoration, still partially conserved. On the exterior of the short sides of the enclosure there are representations of mythological scenes related to the birth of Romulus and Remus, the arrival of Aeneas in Latium, and other allegorical figures, while the long sides are decorated with images of a procession of the imperial family, which calls to mind the procession in honor of the goddess Athena that decorated the Parthenon in Athens. The interior of the wall is decorated with sculpted elements typical of the Augustan age, such as palms, bucrania and paterae, which were ideally connected to the celebration liturgy. The altar itself was also richly decorated with scenes of sacrifice.