Marble head of a philosopher


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

Copy of a Greek statue of the last quarter of the 3rd century B.C.

In spite of its battered condition, the portrait conveys the personality of a great thinker. There are striking similarities between this head and portraits of Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), the tutor of Alexander the Great and one of the most important intellects of the fourth century B.C., but the identity of this man remains unknown. The existence of a second head of the same type in the National Archaeological Museum in Chieti, Italy, likely indicates that a well-known person is represented.

#1268. Marble Head of a Philosopher

Marble head of a philosopher, Marble, Pentelic, Roman

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