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Marble portrait of a man

Hadrianic or Early Antonine
ca. A.D. 117–161
H. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This striking young man wears the short beard that became popular in Rome during the early second century A.D. The subtle contrast between his casually arranged hair and polished skin and the use of a drill to indicate the pupils of his eyes impart a liveliness that is typical of the best Antonine portraits.
Said to be from near Rome [Until 1915, with Alfredo Barsanti, Rome]; acquired in 1915, purchased from A. Barsanti.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1916. "Department of Classical Art Recent Accessions: Three Marble Heads." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11(2): p. 40, fig. 2.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 62, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bandinelli, Ranuccio Bianchi. 1958. Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica e Orientale, Vol. 5. p. 443, fig. 574, Rome: Instituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 98, pp. 128–29, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 98, pp. 128–29, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fittschen, Klaus. 2002–2003. "Ritratti Maschili Privati Di Epoca Adrianea: Problemi Della Loro Varietà." Scienza Dell'Antichità: Storia Archeologia Antropologia, 6-7: pp. 445–85, fig. 28, 1.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 59, pp. 114, 164–66, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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