Antoninus Pius
2nd century CE.
3.0 × 2.5 cm.
Naples, National Archaeological MuseumInv. No. 26088.

Antoninus Pius.

2nd century CE.
3.0 × 2.5 cm.
Inv. No. 26088.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli)

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.
Keywords: gemma glyptics gem gems glittica gliptica gemme glyptik glyptique αυτοκρατορικό imperial imperiale kaiserliches impérial ρωμαίος αυτοκράτορας αντωνίνος ο ευσεβής imperator antoninus pius roman emperor antoninus pius imperatore romano antonino pio römischer kaiser empereur romain antonin le pieux roman romana romano romani römische römischer romain romaine engraved gem engraved gems intaglios intaglio intagli gemme intaille απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt roman romana römisches romain entail intaglio engraved gem intaglio engraved gems male portrait head of the roman emperor antoninus pius from the orsini farnese paleotti collection inv no 26088 183 inv no 26088
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