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Marble head of Athena

Period:
Augustan or Julio-Claudian
Date:
ca. 27 B.C.–A.D. 68
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Island
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.157
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The goddess Athena is represented in an archaistic style, a decorative, retrospective manner that incorporated stylistic characteristics of archaic Greek art of the sixth or early fifth century B.C. into newly created figures and compositions. The style flourished from the late second century B.C. onward, fulfilling a demand for decorative works based on the much admired art of the past.
Robinson, Edward. 1913. "Two Roman Heads." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8(3): p. 52.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 191, fig. 117, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 306-7, fig. 216, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 306-7, fig. 216, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1939. Augustan Art: An Exhibition Commemorating the Bimillennium of the Birth of Augustus. p. 4, fig. 4, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1950. The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, 3rd edn. pp. 185, 531, fig. 533, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 23, p. 19, pls. 23a-c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1984. Aphrodisias-Athena, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 2. Athena/Minerva, no. 61, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Hermary, Antoine and Daniel Brentchaloff. 2000. "Hermès double de Fréjus." Monuments et mémoires, 78: pp. 70-71, figs. 16a-16b.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 408, pp. 354, 486, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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