Portrait of an unknown man
Bronze. End of the Augustan period. Verona, Archaeological Museum Photo by Ilya Shurygin

Portrait of an unknown man.

Bronze. End of the Augustan period.

Verona, Archaeological Museum

Origin:
Verona, Pestrino.
Description:
This portrait was found by chance in 1939 on the riverbank of the Adige at Pestrino, to the south of Verona.It represents an old man with a vigorous look. He probably was an important man in the town of Verona in the period following its foundation (between the end of the 1st cent. B.C. and the beginning of the 1st cent. A.D.).

The portrait was made of bronze by lost-wax casting; some imperfections of the casting were repaired. The manís lips are covered with a red copper sheet, probably due to a coat of cinnabar. In his eyes there are circular hollows with small holes that might probably have contained iris and pupil made of material different from bronze (glass pasta or bone).

Credits:
© 2011. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Info: museum info materials.
Keywords: bronze male portrait head of an unknown Roman man from il ritratto del Pestrino
History of Ancient Rome