Portrait head of a man - ROM2010_11687_39


Portrait head of a man

Geography: Found in the sea near Nora, Sardinia, Italy
Date: c. 70-50 BC
Period: Late Roman Republican period to early Roman Imperial period
28.5 x 12.4 cm
Object number: 971.72
Credit Line: No
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Republican portraits and coinage

Although the Roman inherited artistic traditions from the Etruscans and the Greeks, Republican portraiture veered from the styles of their predecessors. Unlike the heroic and idealized portraits of Hellenistic Greece, Roman Republican portraiture was much more realistic, depicting faces that lacked symmetry - with wrinkles, scars, and blemishes. This verisimilitude in portraiture mirrored the Roman belief that the individuality of a person lay in his or her facial features.

This portrait head of a man is shown in middle age with a receding hairline, wrinkled brow, and sunken cheeks.

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