This original watercolour painting depicts the Arch of Constantine situated in Rome, Italy. Created by artist Alan Wycliffe Welling, the painting showcases the beautiful architecture of the historic monument. The production technique used for this artwork is watercolour painting, adding a unique touch to the piece. The subject matter of the painting is Rome, Italy and the Arch of Constantine.
The title of the artwork is "L’Arco di Constantino, Roma
Alan Wycliffe Wellings, artist, teacher and illustrator, was born in Pattingham, near Wolverhampton. By 1926 he was at Wolverhampton School of Art, where at the age of 15 he was among the top eight candidates nationally in the Royal Drawing Society examinations
Alan went on to the Royal, and then taught at the Eastbrook School for Boys in Dagenham, which enjoyed a progressive arts curriculum at the time. By the late 'forties he was at South East Essex School of Art.
He died in 1985.
The Arch of Constantine is located along the Via Triumphalis in Rome, and it is situated between the Flavian Amphitheater (better known as the Colosseum) and the Temple of Venus and Roma. This location was significant, as the arch was a highly visible example of connective architecture that linked the area of the Roman Forum to the major entertainment and public bathing complexes of central Rome.
The monumental arch stands approximately 20 meters high, 25 meters wide, and 7 meters deep. Three portals punctuate the exceptional width of the arch, each flanked by partially engaged Corinthian columns. The central opening is approximately 12 meters high, above which are identical inscribed marble panels, one on each side, that read:
To the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantinus, the Greatest, pious, fortunate, the Senate and people of Rome, by inspiration of divinity and his own great mind with his righteous arms on both the tyrant and his faction in one instant in rightful battle he avenged the republic, dedicated this arch as a memorial to his military victory
The frame measures approx 65 x 50cm and there is a handwritten dedication on verso and dated 1968
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