From 19/03/2014 to 13/07/2014
To commemorate the 2000th anniversary of his death, both the Grand Palais and the Louvre Museum are paying tribute to Emperor Augustus. Not only did the Emperor establish the Roman Empire, he ruled it from 27 BC until 14 AD, when he died. For this reason, two of the most prestigious institutions in the City of Light will celebrate the legacy of this essential figure in history.
At the Grand Palais and with the participation of the Louvre, an exhibit dedicated to Augustus will present a selection of statues, sculptures, frescos, silver and pieces of furniture. The exhibit will also reveal reconstitutions of village scenes revealing the evolution of Roman life during the reign of Augustus. Curators from both France and Italy have collaborated to bring these Roman antiquities to the forefront.
The Emperor's long, 40-year reign over Rome would become known as the golden age of the Roman Empire. According to legend, Augustus boasted, 'I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.' Thanks to his leadership, Rome developed into a center of art and culture as the Emperor summoned the most talented artists to aesthetically transform the city.
As such, the statues presented by the Grand Palais during the exhibition 'Moi, Augustus, Emperor of Rome' were the very same ones to adorn public monuments in ancient Rome. The exhibition runs from March 19 until July 13, 2014. Therefore, guests staying at the Résidence Henri IV can get a glimpse of ancient history during their stay in Paris. By visiting the exhibit, they will also get the chance to see the famous Parisian monument the Grand Palais.