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Marble head of a bearded man

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/16 in. (31 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Marguerite and Frank A. Cosgrove Jr. Fund, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.342
  • Description

    Copy of a Greek statue of the 4th century B.C.

    Since eight other Roman copies of this Greek portrait type are known, it probably represents a famous figure. Although there is no evidence for identification, some
    scholars have suggested that the original statue portrayed the Athenian lawgiver Solon, one of the Seven Sages famed in antiquity for practical wisdom. This head is one of the most sensitive and crisp likenesses in the Metropolitan’s collection of Roman copies of Greek portraits.

  • References

    Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 255, pp. 219, 454.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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