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French, late 18th century, within period English gilt gesso frames.
The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheater found in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 70A.D., it was remodeled in 1863 to serve as a bullring.The Arena of Nîmes was constructed in the time of Emperor Augustus. As the Empire fell, the amphitheater was fortified by the Visigoths and surrounded by a wall. During the turbulent years that followed the collapse of Visigoth power in Hispania and Septimania, not to mention the Muslim invasion and subsequent reconquest by the French kings in the early eighteenth century, the viscounts of Nîmes constructed a fortified palace within the amphitheater. Later a small neighborhood developed within its confines, complete with one hundred denizens and two chapels. Seven hundred people lived within the amphitheater during the apex of its service as an enclosed community.
|Height||23.00 inch||(58.42 cm)|
|Width||17.25 inch||(43.81 cm)|
|External Height||21.25 inch||(53.97 cm)|
|External Width||27.00 inch||(68.58 cm)|