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Marble portrait of a man

Period:
Late Republican or Early Augustan
Date:
late 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
12 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (31.5 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This head with its broad forehead, narrow chin, and long scrawny neck is so similar to portraits of Julius Caesar as he appears on coins and in sculpture that, in the past, it was identified as that famous general and politician. Perhaps the man who is the actual subject of the portrait wished to accentuate this resemblance because he sympathized with the dictatorship of Caesar or with the cause of his party, the populares.
Found in Egypt in 1898 1898, found in Egypt; purchased by Joseph von Korp; 1899-1910, collection of Count Grigoriy Sergeyevich Stroganov, Palazzo Stroganov, Rome; from 1910 and until 1920, with his descendants, Palazzo Stroganov, Rome; [ca. 1920, sold to Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome]; acquired in 1921, purchased from G. Sangiorgi.

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