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Augustus wearing a toga
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Augustus wearing a toga

Late I a.C. century. White marble.
Room 071

Two ancient fragments with a different origin were skilfully joined in the seventeenth century to create the statue. Augustus, clad in the toga of a Roman citizen, offers a sacrifice with his head covered, thereby demonstrating veneration of the gods. The portrait, less common than the other type in the Prado (E00119), offers a more realistic representation and a more natural hairstyle. Both portrait types were created at the beginning of Augustus´s rule.


Technical data

Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
Augustus wearing a toga
Late I a.C. century; First third of the II century
White marble
Height: 205 cm; Width: 87 cm; Base/bottom: 52 cm
Colección Cristina de Suecia
Collection of Queen Christina of Sweden; Collection of Livio Odescalchi; Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe V, La Granja de San Ildefonso Palace).

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 83.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 133, n.170.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 69.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 99.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, I, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 114-117.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Cristina de Suecia en el Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1997.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 148.

Dos Milenios en la Historia de España : Año 1000, Año 2000, Sociedad Estatal España Nuevo Mil, Madrid, 2000.

Corona y arqueología en el Siglo de las Luces, Patrimonio Nacional, 2010, pp. 85-93.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2011, pp. 45,76 / 136.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 338.

Inscriptions +

Cross of Burgundy or Cross of Saint Andrew, collection’s mark belonging to Felipe V. On the body

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Exhibitions +

Dos Milenios en la Historia de España: año 1000 - año 2000
04.10.2000 - 07.01.2001

Location +

Room 071 (On Display)

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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