Colossal statue of Tiberius as Jupiter. Detail.

Marble. 37—54 CE.
Inv. No. 1511.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum, XXI. 3
(Musei Vaticani, Museo Chiaramonti)

Originally from Priverno (Lazio).
The Vatican dates this work to post A.D. 37 (the year of Tiberius’s death), and probably belonged to a group of imperial portraits that stood in a public building (perhaps the basilica?) of the Roman town. The godlike, idealized image suggests a postmortem date.
© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.


Keywords: marble marmor marmo testa ritratto maschile male portrait head of the roman emperor Tiberius imperatore romano Tiberio Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii Inv No 1511 XXI 3
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