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The Emperor Marcus Aurelius
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The Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Ca. 161. White marble.
Room 071

In 161 A.D., when Marcus Aurelius (121-180) was named Emperor of Rome, this type of portrait was created. It was very wide-spread, and is well known through the equestrian statue at the Capitol in Rome. His curly hair is very well-kept and his short beard is that of Greek philosophers, models to be imitated by the “philosopher emperor,” who was himself author of Reflections, written in Greek.

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Inventory number
E000213
Author
Roman Sculptor
Title
The Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Date
Ca. 161
Technique
Sculpted
Medium
White marble
Dimension
Height: 61 cm; Width: 31 cm; Base/bottom: 32 cm
Series
Colección José Nicolás de Azara
Provenance
Colección José Nicolás de Azara; Colección Real.

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 122.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 156, n.213.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 90.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 111.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº213.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, I, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. nº236.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 162.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, 'Winckelmann, Mengs y las colecciones escultóricas de Azara.' En:, El legado de Johann Joachim Winckelmann en España. Actas congreso internacional 20-21 Oct.2011, 2014, pp. 121-136 [131].

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 428.
428. Una cabeza de marmol de Carrara sobre base de lo mismo que representa a Marco Aurelio. / Alto 1 pie, 9 pulg.

Inscriptions +

213. [Algo borrado]
Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Room 071 (On Display)

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

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