LUST AND CRIME.
NERO - THE MYTH IN ART

STADTMUSEUM SIMEONSTIFT TRIER

Few people in Antiquity had a career in the fine arts equal to that of Nero: The web of pompousness, decadence and cruelty that spans his life and his regency has inspired many artists. The atrocities that are blamed on him – the dissection of the corpse of his mother Agrippina, the forced suicide of Seneca or the fatal kick into the abdomen of his pregnant wife Sabina Poppaea – have characterised the image of the Roman emperor for entire eras.

For the first time, the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier is compiling a comprehensive inventory of this pictorial tradition. From the earliest retained illustration of the middle ages to the Nero image of the more and most recent past, paintings, prints, photographs, film and theatre make it possible to experience this diverse history of reception.

Illustration from the Roman de la Rose:
Nero looking at the dead body of his mother Agrippina, 1519
© Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.948, Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz 1993, fol. 63r.

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