Marble portrait bust of the emperor Gaius, known as Caligula, Marble, Roman

Marble portrait bust of the emperor Gaius, known as Caligula

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
A.D. 37–41
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
length 7 1/16 in. (18 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.37
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The portrait style created for Augustus was adopted by his family and immediate successors in order to stress the unity and continuity of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. This fine bust of Caligula (r. A.D. 37– 41) has regular features and carefully designed locks of hair similar to those in portraits of Augustus. Here, however, the artist has also conveyed something of Caligula’s vanity and cruelty in the proud turn of the head and the thin, pursed lips.
#1094. Marble portrait bust of the emperor Gaius, known as Caligula
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Said to have been found near Marino, Lago Albano [Until 1914, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1914, purchased by from A. Barsanti.

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