Volume III Plate 20 - The Colossus of Ramesses II ~ The great Colossus of Ramesses II stands outside of the second pylon at the Great Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak (See Vol III, Plate 16). It was one of two that were cut from solid pieces of red granite. A French artist can be seen in the foreground in a heavy top coat and hat, in all likelihood, a touch of artistic license.