Portrait of a Roman
Bronze. Ca. 40 BCE. Rome, Vatican MuseumsPhoto by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait of a Roman.

Bronze. Ca. 40 BCE.

Rome, Vatican Museums
(Musei Vaticani)

Roman bronze portrait, recently restored, in the Vatican Museums. The head and upper torso have survived. The figure was mostly nude except for a mantle draped over the shoulder. The provenance and identity of the figure are unknown. He was probably placed on a high base, which may explain the elongated neck (which would have been foreshortened at a lower viewing angle).

Dated by the Vatican to ca. 40 B.C.

© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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