The Comedy of Life, the Death of Caesar Augustus

Jason Dowd's avatar Jason Dowd

"The Comedy of Life, the Death of Caesar Augustus" represents my first major effort in the arena of historical painting. Caesar Augustus held a particular interest as he was the first Roman emperor, reigning for forty years (27 BC - AD 14). Many scholars would suggest he was the greatest emperor, his achievements bringing about an era known as Pax Romana (The Roman Peace). In the scene I have portrayed, Caesar Augustus is imparting his final comments to those around him: "Have I played the part well? Then applaud as I exit." One Roman leads this applause, standing to the left of Olivia and Tiberius. This painting pays homage to a great founder of Western civilization. Many lessons can be learned regarding the characteristics a strong leader possesses and the resulting obligations of power. To see more details of how this painting was created, please visit:

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 48 inches