The high forehead, the lean, furrowed cheeks, the wide mouth and the long neck with the distinct Adam’s apple are features that resemble Caesar’s. The hair protrudes upward in a lock.
Considerations regarding the neck’s formation suggest that the head stems from an armoured statue.
The head does have Caesar-like features, but Zanker (AA (1981) 357) was in doubt about actually naming the portrait "Caesar". This work belongs to a Hellenistic sculptural tradition that is closely akin to the portraits made at Delos. K. Fittschen has suggested that the portrait is Sulla (cf. G. Lahusen, Die Bildnismünzen der römischen Republik (1989) Taf. 17-25, specifically Taf. 17, 3.9.).
Original: ń 80-50 B.C. Copy: 1st cent. AD.
Marble. H. 0.44.
The tip of the nose is missing. The rims of the ears are bruised. The entire surface was cleansed before the portrait came to the Glyptotek.
Acquired in 1900 for the Glyptotek, through the mediation of Arndt, from a Venetian art dealer along with the specification that, presumably, the head stems from the Palazzo Giustiniani-Recanati in Venice. Around 1600, the portrait belonged to Federigo Contarini, who was procurator in San Marco, (museum Trevisanum pl. 1).