A Beautiful Fresco from Trier

A philosopher

A philosopher

Among the many delights of the Bischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum in Trier is a splendid fresco that must be dated to the reign of the emperor Constantine the Great, because his wife Fausta occupies the central scene. The fresco, which once graced the ceiling of a room in a luxurious villa, consists of fifteen smaller scenes: you can see philosophers, erotes, Amor and Psyche, the empress, and three ladies who may or may not be representations of the splendor, education, and elegance that were – according to the imperial propaganda – typical of this happy age.

However, whatever the exact identification of the details, this work of art is completely pagan in nature. The persons who ordered it, were no Christians. You can see it here.

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