January 11th, 314 A.D.

On this day in art history, His Holiness Pope Militades died in Rome, bringing his 3-year papacy to an end.  To honor his passing, St. Sylvian of Bystidia began work on his famous sculpture Militades On The Heretics.  Taking 9 years to complete, the sculpture was considered to be one of the top 50 wonders of the Western Roman Empire.  It was subsequently destroyed by the Vandals during the second sack of Rome in 455 A.D.

Karl Briulov's Sacco Di Roma 455 (1833 -- 1836)

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