Theatre of Nero
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 14x18.5 in

  • Nero is one of the most striking figures in the history of ancient Rome.
  • Nero wrote himself into history, not through valiant deeds, but through unparalleled acts of cruelty.
  • He is known to have set Rome on fire and enjoyed the sight.
  • Even on his deathbed, unable to restrain his ingrained hypocrisy, he reportedly gasped: qualis artifex pereo or what an artist perishes in me!

It is a theatrical interpretation of the history of Rome under the rule of Nero that is unfolding before us against a backdrop of houses. The torch light – a symbol of that infamous accomplishment of Nero's – flares up above the time-ravaged Colosseum. The chariot pauses to allow the passengers to revel in the arsonist's show.