Portrait of Augustus
Marble.
27 BCE — 14 CE.
Height 42.5 cm.
Inv. No. 23.21.Baltimore (USA), Walters Art Museum

Portrait of Augustus.

Marble.
27 BCE — 14 CE.
Height 42.5 cm.
Inv. No. 23.21.

Baltimore (USA), Walters Art Museum.

Origin:
Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [as “from Egypt”]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Description:
After Augustus (reigned 27 BCE-14 CE) consolidated Roman power and established what became known as the Roman Empire, he attempted to re-create the grandeur of classical Athens in Rome. In his monuments, Augustus copied timeless Greek models with ideal forms. This portrait of Augustus combines the elements of an individualized likeness with the smooth, youthful appearance of a god. The top and proper left side of the head are flattened in order to join additional attributes that no longer survive, in this case, likely a section of his toga, which would have been pulled up to cover part of his head in order to indicate that the emperor was engaged in a ritual act.
Credits:
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines αυτοκρατορικό imperial imperiale kaiserliches impérial ρωμαίος αυτοκράτορας οκταβιανός αύγουστος imperator octavianus augustus emperor octavian august imperatore ottaviano augusto kaiser empereur octave octavien auguste ιουλιο-κλαυδιανή δυναστεία iulio-claudia iulii-claudii julii-claudii the julio-claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia julisch-claudische dynastie famille julio-claudienne julio-claudiens απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt κεφάλι κεφαλή head testa kopf tête of a man male maschile uomo männliches mann masculin un homme portraitkopf marble marmo marmor marbre μάρμαρο inv no 23.21