COLOSSUS OF CONSTANTINE - BULGING EYES
"Constantine" Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy
This statue once stood in the west apse of the Basiica of Maxentius (whom Constantine defeated). From the recovered pieces it is evident that it was 12 meters high. Each foot measures 2.5 meters. Except for the head which is carved in an abstract style perhaps with the aim to convey and transcendence of being an Emperor. The rest of the statue is realistic. It was discovered in 1486 and Michelangelo insured that the recovered fragments be placed in the Palazzo dei Conervatori. Strangely, there are two right hands. Also, the eyes are prominent or bulging represented also in other sculptures. Perhaps Constantine had hyperthyroidism.