Marble head of a youth


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This idealized head is carved in a manner that brilliantly evokes the qualities of metal in the medium of stone. The polished flesh, sharply outlined eyes, and individualized locks of hair were all typical features of bronze sculpture that were imitated in marble as part of the classicizing taste that prevailed during the reign of the emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century A.D.

Marble head of a youth, Marble, Pentelic ?, Roman

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