Gaius Julius Caesar
Fine-grained white marble. 45—43 BCE.
Height 0,33 m.
Turin, Museum of Antiquities

Gaius Julius Caesar.

Fine-grained white marble. 45—43 BCE.
Height 0,33 m.

Turin, Museum of Antiquities

Origin:
Comes from Tusculum where it was excavated in the Forum by Lucien Bonaparte in 1825 and later transferred to Castello d’Aglie close to Turin, where it was discovered in 1940 by Maurizio Borda.
Description:
Completely preserved apart from modern cleaning on the left side. Borda considered the Tusculum portrait an original from Caesar’s last years, but the portrait is a copy after a bronze original made shortly before or after the death of Caesar. The connection to the Mettius’ denarius is as close as can be desired.
Literature:
L. Canina, Descrizione dell’Antico Tuscolo (Rome, 1841), pp. 149f. and pl. 38.9.
M. Borda, BMusImp 11 (1940), pp. 3f.
F. Johansen, «Antichi ritratti di C. Giulio Cesare nella scultura», Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 4 (Copenhagen, 1967), pl. 16.
P. Zanker, «Zur Rezeption des hellenistischen Individualporträts», in P. Zanker, ed., Hellenismus in Mittelitalien (Göttingen, 1976), p. 590, fig. 1.
K. Vierneisel and P. Zanker, Bildnisse des Augustus (Munich, 1979), p. 83.
Credits:
© 1987. Photo, text: Johansen F. S. «Portraits in Marble of Gaius Julius Caesar: a Review». Ancient Portraits in the J. Paul Getti Museum. Vol I. 1987, p. 24, 27—28.

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Keywords: fine-grained white marble male portrait Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii dictator Gaius Julius Caesar Gaio Giulio Cesare g108 Caius Iulius from Tusculum Inv No 2098
History of Ancient Rome