Germanicus  Iulius Caesar - The Greatest Emperor Who Never Reigned in Rome

  • 120 x 100 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

The ‘Germanicus Iulius Caesar’ is an extremely important work of the exhibition because it tells the story of the deeds of one of the greatest emperors of Rome.
Tamás Náray incorporates his favorite colors into this upsetting work: crimson red and lapis lazuli blue, colors that rhyme powerfully with beloved colors of ancient Rome. In this work we also encounter a rich gold plating that fills almost half of the frame, with beautifully executed application despite that all of this is a very complicated task that requires expertise.
The composition of the work and emerging peaked shapes evoke the greatness of the emperor, but the darkening casts ominous shadows: he was the one who gave life to two questionable figures, Nero and Caligula.

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Caesarion

  • 100 x 100 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

The history and drama of Cesarion is perfectly represented by the work of the Hungarian artist, Tamás Náray, a work that is important in terms of aesthetics, technique and dimensions. The gold plates represent the illegitimate son of Cleopatra and Caesar both in figure and structure; the shape of a fetus unfolds before the viewer, with the possibility of the universe in its skull.
The visual field is lifted from the dark, outer frame of the canvas, a composition intended to express the assumption that the hidden human and historical intention will most likely remain in the shadows of the events. The reflective, deep and glowing red shades forecast Cesarion's fate, the white arrows indicate the unstoppable tragedy that will come.

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V. Legion - Alaudae (Germania Inferior)

  • 60 x 120 cm
  • Oil-gold-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges: 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

The V. legion founded by Caesar is an extremely important and infamous legion in the history of Rome. Fast, unexpected and cruel.
In this work of Tamás Náray a black background with infinite depth meets the curious eye of the viewer, a background that is actually the lifeless scene left behind after fatal battles. The frame is divided into two distinct surfaces: the Lower German and Upper German regions. The outposts, strongly highlighting the Roman defense lines and moats, are illustrated by red surfaces with gradual shrinking as foreshadowment of the approaching doom. In the colors used by the Hungarian artist a reference to current German colors can also be discovered.

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The Symbol

  • 120 x 100 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

‘The Symbol’ depicts one of the key representations of the Roman Empire: an otherworldly version of the Imperial Eagle, with outstretched wings, descending to the ground.
The painting unfolds on three levels of existence: the divine level, represented by the blue of the skies, the central and symbolic level, represented on one hand by the great bald eagle glowing in red and, on the other, by the red and ocher colors, in which the ancient and modern Rome is combined, and finally the third level is the roots appearing in earth-colored shades.
The work is an entanglement of real events and captivating legends of Roman history.

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Dethronement of Romulus Augustulus

  • 100 x 100 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

The dethronement of Romulus Augustulus marks the end of the Western Roman Empire. His short reign of only ten months coincides with this mighty event. We remember that the Eastern Roman Empire actually lasted until 1453, til the Ottoman siege of Constantinople and its failure.
In the interpretation of this tragic event, the artist highlights the memories of the wealth, the painful crisis and the end of the Empire. The upper part interwoven with gold plating reminds us of the seemingly invincible imperial era of great conquests, a ‘golden’ era; the center of the frame seems solid, but the geometric elements entering the whirling red surface indicate breaches; the use of the black, rough texture at the bottom refers to the sediment that marks the end of the Western Roman Empire.

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Navigare necesse est

  • 100 x 100 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection

‘Navigating is a must!’ - the term was used by Pompey Magnus in connection with the transport of supplies, wheat and other provisions to the Roman people. Time went by, and as the colors rally up and march in chaotic movements on the frame, such was the crew’s fright of the voyage. The geometric shapes symbolize the cargo spaces of the boats, the prominent wind-blown shapes are the Roman sails, among which the imperial red sail stands out. The pink color is a reminder of the successful arrival at the port of Ostia and of the threat of famine that was averted.

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Story of Flora

  • 60 x 60 cm
  • Oil-canvas
  • Place and date of creation: Sitges, 2022
  • The artwork is part of the Age of the Roman Empire collection
  • SOLD

The goddess Flora plays a crucial role in the mythological world of the Romans. She is probably related to the god Mars who had such a great influence on Rome.
Flora is the wife of Zephyr, the wind god, and she becomes the goddess of spring, holy masses, wealth and liberal ideas.
In this work dedicated to her, the artist shows us an enchanted landscape in which intense and deeply pigmented colors appear, which nevertheless exist in balance and in an extremely exciting harmony.
On the horizon of the frame the gold plates, applied in an airy manner, symbolize the breeze which covers the rose-water stream with a beam of yellowish-darkening light. Shades of greens and blues give the image an ethereal effect.


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