INTRODUCTION: One of the most famous statues in Rome was taken apart on Thursday (8 January).
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Face of Emperor Marcus Aurelius TO him or horse
CU PAN Horse, showing corrosion, (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Face of emperor showing corrosion TILT DOWN horse
CU Crane operator at controls
SV Workmen fixing lifting gear around statue (2 shots)
SV Emperor being lifted from horse
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Background: INTRODUCTION: One of the most famous statues in Rome was taken apart on Thursday (8 January). The stone figure of Emperor Marcus Aurelius was lifted from his horse so that the two sections can be taken separately for restoration.
SYNOPSIS: Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome in the second century A.D., was a celebrated Stoic philosopher -- a school of thought which preached courage in the face of adversity. His statue has been worn away by pollution, traffic vibration, and a bomb set off nearby by a neo-fascist group two years ago. It was in danger of crumbling by the end of the century.
Built 2,000 years ago in Constantinople -- modern Istanbul -- the statue came to this site in 1538 as the centrepiece of Michelangelo's design for Capitol Square. It was originally covered in gold leaf.
The first stage of restoration was to lift the emperor from his horse. It's not the first time he has been at risk -- the Christians tried to destroy every monument of the Roman Empire. He was saved because they mistook him for the Christian Emperor Constantine.
The delicate operation was a success. Now the 3,000 pound (1,300 kilogram) statue will be taken to the Central Institute of Restoration at San Michele in the Trastevere district of Rome. It is likely to be three years before the work if finished, and the only equestrian statue in Rome resumes its familiar silhouette.