Antoninus Pius
2nd century CE.
3.0 × 2.5 cm.
Inv. No. 26088.Naples, National Archaeological MuseumPhoto by Luciano Pedicini

Antoninus Pius.

2nd century CE.
3.0 × 2.5 cm.
Inv. No. 26088.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale).

Private collection, Farnese.
From the Farnese collection. Formerly in the collection of Fulvio Orsini (inv. no. 183), bought this cameo from Carlo Paleotti.
The emperor is here represented in his maturity, in the attitude of a Greek philosopher The soft and very fine rendering of the beard and hair of the emperor is typical of the pictorial style of the period. Gems with imperial portraits were one of the favourite themes of the Orsini collections, and still provide important chronological landmarks for the study of the artistic evolution of Roman glyptics.
T. Cades, Collezione di impronte in stucco cavate dalle più celebri gemme incise conosciute, etc., I—LXXVIII, Roma 1836, vol. 40a, IV C 494.
© 1996. Photo, text: Stefano De Caro, “The National Archaeological Museum of Naples”.
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Napoli e Caserta. Electa, Napoli, 2001, p. 348.
Origin: Gasparri C. Le gemme Farnese. Electa Napoli, Napoli, 2006, p. 142, cat. no. 127.
© 1996. Photo: Luciano Pedicini.
Keywords: gemma glyptics gem gems glittica gliptica gemme glyptik glyptique roman romana romano romani römische römischer romain romaine engraved intaglios intaglio intagli intaille απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt römisches αυτοκρατορικό imperial imperiale kaiserliches impérial ρωμαίος αυτοκράτορας αντωνίνος ο ευσεβής imperator antoninus pius emperor imperatore antonino pio kaiser empereur antonin le pieux entail male head of the from orsini farnese paleotti collection inv no 26088 183