Drawing is an essential part of architects’ work – that because it is the visual expression of their ideas and concepts. That’s why we shall start the holiday season with a new post in the Drawings series. Today’s subject will surely fire your imagination: even if you already have made your plans for the holiday trips, here we have a touristic attraction definitely not to be missed. Imagine the splendor of the ancient times, take a virtual walk through the imperial Rome and soak up the atmosphere of the Roman Forum. Here you have a look at Rome’s majestic ancient structure: the Colosseum.
Initially known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was built under emperors Vespasian and Titus (70-80 AD), with further modifications made during the reign of Dominitian (81-96 AD), all three belonging to the Flavian dynasty. The name Colosseum has long been believed to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero nearby.
What makes the Colosseum to stand out? It is an entirely free-standing structure, unlike the earlier Greek theaters that were built into hillsides. The outer walls have three levels of arches, articulated by Tuscan, Ionic and Corinthian columns. They were originally covered in travertine, set without mortar and hold by 300 tons of iron clamps. Marble statues once filled the niches on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The ancient structure have suffered extensive damage over the centuries, but still holds its particular charm.
The drawing is in A3 size and took around 10 hours to complete. Enjoy the evolution below and get inspired by the elegance of ancient classic architecture!