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The arena of cruel, pagan public amusement in antiquity has become a place of Christian faith. Various groups of believers are scattered across the vast oval of the ruined Colosseum. A wooden cross rises in the centre of the monument, which Pope Benedict XIV had dedicated during the eighteenth century as a place of memorial for Christian martyrs by installing the Stations of the Cross. Ramboux - a pupil of the Classical painter Jacques-Louis David - lived in Italy for several years. In addition to his own artistic activities, he also made an in-depth academic study of the art of antiquity and the Middle Ages. source

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