The statue, which is actually titled “Imperator Traianus” depicts the Roman emperor Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus Augustus), in full nudity while “holding” a mash up animal composed of the body of the Capitoline Wolf and the head of the Dacian Draco. Vasile Gorduz, the artist of this statue, created three copies:
1. One located in Sevilla, Spain
2. One located in front of Academia di Romania in Rome, Italy
3. The latest located on the steps of the National Museum of Romanian History in Bucharest, Romania.
The latter is a bronze cast made based on a plaster model of the artist. It weights ~ 0.5 tons with a height of 2.15 meters (7.05 ft) and it cost ~45,000 €
Personal point of view:
The news articles depicting the controversy surrounding the statue in Bucharest suggest it is not liked mainly due to the nudity. The Deutsche Welle, among others, even has the audacity to conclude that the “Romanian public cannot make the difference between a naked walking passenger and a statue“ (reference here). To add to the insult, Horatiu Pepine (the author of the article) is suggesting the “Romanian public still displays the outrage experienced by the first to art exhibitions of modernist, cubism surrealist, expressionist, etc.”. As always a reference is made to the foreign public which appreciated and accepted the statue as great art, enforcing the Romanian notion that if it is approved by a foreign, it is something good, dismissing the hypothesis that perhaps the natives of Bucharest have a deeper understanding of what great esthetics and art really are and that apparently these are not found in Vasile Gorduz’s statue.