Acquired in 1896 in Rome.
7. Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
The powerful head, with its broadly inclined disposition, possesses a steadfast, fleshy face. Beneath powerful brows, the eyes are set deeply into the head. Augustus friend, Agrippa (64/6312 B.C.), survives best in a portrait at the Louvre (MA 1208) that was discovered in 1729 halfway between Rome and Palestrina. The present portrait (7) is a variant of this so-called Gabii-portrait.
Original: 3020 B.C.
I. N. 1555
Marble. H. 0.42.
As a result of acid cleaning, the surface is badly damaged. The nose and the ears have broken off and they are missing. Acquired in 1896 in Rome, through the intervention of Helbig. Purchased from a stone mason who brought antiques to Helbig every now and then.
F. Poulsen 1951, Cat. 608; V. Poulsen 1973, Cat. 7; F. Johansen, MedKøb 27 (1970) 139, fig. 4; F. Johansen, AnalRom VI (1971) fig. 14, 29; Kersauson, Catalogue Louvre I, 54 (Ma 1208); D. Boschung, JRA 6 (1993) 50 ff.
© 1994 F. Johansen. Catalogue Roman Portraits, vol. I, p. 38, cat. no. 7.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1994.