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Marble bust of a man

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.233
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Although the surface of this piece has been strongly cleaned and even recut in places, evidence of a heavy dark incrustation, formed during centuries of burial, is
still visible, especially at the back. The expanse of chest and the full, fleshy appearance of the face and neck are characteristics suggesting that the work was carved in the mid-first century A.D., either as a copy of a portrait created in the Republican period or as a new work cast in that realistic style.
[Until 1912, with Ettore Jandolo, Rome]; acquired in 1912, purchased from E. Jandolo.

Robinson, Edward. 1913. "A Roman Portrait Bust." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8(5): pp. 93, 101–2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 243, fig. 149, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1925. "Recent Accessions of Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 20(4): p. 104.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 287, 291, fig. 202, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 287, 291, fig. 202, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. no. 1, p. 1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 42, pp. 133–34, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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