Statue of Livia
Marble. Late 1st century BCE early 1st century CE.
Total height: 1.925 m.
Original Naples Inv. No. 4400.
Boscoreale, Antiquarium Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Statue of Livia.

Marble. Late 1st century BCE early 1st century CE.
Total height: 1.925 m.
Original Naples Inv. No. 4400.

Boscoreale, Antiquarium

Origin:
Found at Pompeii, in the peristyle of the Villa of the Mysteries.
Description:
Roman portrait of Livia Drusilla, wife of the Roman emperor Augustus, freestanding marble.

Discovered in the peristyle of the Villa of the Mysteries (Pompeii), now on display in the Antiquarium (Museum) di Boscoreale.

An outer cloak (pallium) is shown draped over the head and shoulders. when first discovered more of the painted decoration (polychromy) survived. The hair is reddish, eyebrows, eyelashes, and pupils were painted. A groove in the hair indicates the presence of an added diadem, now lost.

The head, carved separately, as been identified as that of Livia (Copenhagen Livia type) and may have replaced an earlier portrait of the (female) "domina" of the house. The portrait of Livia is thought to be Tiberian in date (ca. A.D. 20).

Literature:
Cf. Rediscovering Pompeii: exhibition by IBM-ITALIA, New York City, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, 12 July 15 September 1990, (published 1990) cat. No. 162.
Credits:
2009. Photo: Roger B. Ulrich.
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
Keywords: marble marmor marmo female portrait statue standing statue of the roman empress Livia Drusilla Iulia Julia Augusta g132 Julio-Claudian dynasty Julii-Claudii female hairstyle female garment garments clothes clothing chiton hymation cloak palla pallium veil veiled capite velato from the Villa of Mysteries Inv No 4400
History of Ancient Rome