Portrait of Aeneas?
Marble.
Roman copy of 117—138 CE from the original of 27 BCE—14 CE.
Height 51 cm.
Copenhagen, New Carlsberg GlyptotekInv. No. 605.Photo by Sergey Sosnovskiy

Portrait of Aeneas?

Marble.
Roman copy of 117—138 CE from the original of 27 BCE—14 CE.
Height 51 cm.
Inv. No. 605.

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(København, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Origin:
Acquired in 1890 in Rome, through the intervention of Martinetti.
Description:

5. Portrait of Aeneas?

The bangs along the forehead call to mind the likeness of Augustus, but the image here has been laterally reversed. Fr. Poulsen regarded this work as being a Roman copy from the 2nd or the 3rd cent. A. D., after a Greek original from the 5th cent. B. C. which portrayed Zeus or Asclepius. But V. Poulsen, on the other hand, chose to assign the present copy the date of the 2nd cent. A. D., after a Greek original from the end of the 5th cent. B. C. In 1976, P. J. Riis proposed that it was quite possible that the likeness was a representation of Aeneas, the famous Trojan hero and the founder of Rome, and that the statue could be a copy of a bronze statue which was placed by the emperor Augustus inside of Aeneas’ heroon in Lavinium. The latter proposal appears to be extremely plausible. We thus stipulate here that we have before us a Roman copy from the Hadrianic period after an original from the time of Augustus.

I. N. 605
Head.
Marble. H. — 0. 51 m.

Nose, lips, ears and eyebrows are missing. Acquired in 1890 in Rome, through the intervention of Martinetti.

F. Johansen
Literature:
F. Poulsen 1951, Cat. 423. V. Poulsen 1954, Cat. 3. D. Metzler, Untersuchungen zu den griechischen Portraits des 5. Jhd. v. Chr. (1966) 63. P. J. Riis, Essays in Archaeology and the Humanities. In Memoriam Otto J. Brendel (1976) 165 ff.
Credits:
(сс) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
© 1992. Текст: F. Johansen. Catalogue Greek portraits. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1992. P. 28, cat. no. 5.
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