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Marble portrait bust of a man

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 17 7/16 in. (44.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This powerful portrait bust incorporates a large expanse of chest, a stylistic characteristic indicating that it was carved toward the middle of the first century A.D. Most surviving portraits worked in this hard realistic manner date to the first century B.C., but the style continued in fashion until the mid-first century A.D. and was revived intermittently thereafter.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. "Recent Accessions of Classical Sculpture." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21(11): pp. 258-9, fig. 5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 355, 357, fig. 257, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. no. 2, p. 1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: Dutton.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 10, pp. 30-1, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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