The Pantheon was originally built over 2000 years ago in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa as a gift to the city of Rome. This was one of many monuments that was his legacy.
Agrippa was a famous general and architect, well known for defeating Anthony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium. He was also a close friend and son-in-law of Augustus Caesar (the adoptive son and heir to Julius Ceasar).
Augustus ushered in the Pax Romana, a prosperous time when architecture and culture flourished.
The Pantheon was then destroyed by the fire that ravished Rome in 80 AD and was then rebuilt by the Emperor Domitian. Incredibly it was struck by lightening and destroyed by fire a second time 110 AD!
In this painting you see the third Pantheon which was completed in 125 AD by the Emperor Trajan. He kept the inscription of the original building as a tribute to Marcus Agrippa. You can see it on the façade just above the pillars. It reads “M. AGRIPPA L.F. COS TERTIUM FECIT” which means “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, three-time consul, made this”.
Its rich history continues over the ages. In 609 AD the Pantheon became a Christian church which probably helped it survive the middle ages intact. Then the fountain was added to the piazza in 1575 and the obelisk was added to the fountain in 1711.
Pantheon means “all the gods” in Greek.
16x12 watercolor by Kimberly Cammerata
Completed Aug 17, 2017
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