From the Farnese collection. Formerly in the collection of Fulvio Orsini (inv. no. 183), bought this cameo from Carlo Paleotti.
The emperor is here represented in his maturity, in the attitude of a Greek philosopher The soft and very fine rendering of the beard and hair of the emperor is typical of the pictorial style of the period. Gems with imperial portraits were one of the favourite themes of the Orsini collections, and still provide important chronological landmarks for the study of the artistic evolution of Roman glyptics.
T. Cades, Collezione di impronte in stucco cavate dalle più celebri gemme incise conosciute, etc., I—LXXVIII, Roma 1836, vol. 40a, IV C 494.
© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 348.
Origin: Gasparri C. Le gemme Farnese. Electa Napoli, Napoli, 2006, p. 142, cat. no. 127.
© 1996. Photo: Luciano Pedicini.