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The Empress Sabina
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The Empress Sabina

Ca. 130. White marble, 85.5 x 55 cm.

Vibia Sabina (83-136 A.D.), a relative of Trajan, was married very young to the future emperor, Hadrian. This portrait, made towards the end of her life, around 130 A.D, denotes the intention to create an intemporal image, free of the passage of time. Her hairstyle is not a traditional roman one but is inspired by the imagery of the goddess of Diana. The bust was added in the middle of the first century A.D.


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Inventory number
Taller romano
The Empress Sabina
Ca. 130
White marble
High/Height: 85.5 cm.; Width: 55 cm.; Base/bottom: 31 cm.
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Berlín : Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, 1862, pp. 137.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid : [s.n.], 1908, pp. 154.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, 1908, pp. 154-155, n.210.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Burdeos : Feret & Fils, 1923, pp. 160.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, Madrid [s.n], 1957, pp. 110.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid : Patronato Nacional de Museos, 1981.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Madrid Museo Nacional del Prado, 1993, pp. 192.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Escultura clásica: guía, Madrid Museo del Prado; Fundación Marcelino Botín, 1999, pp. 158.

Cacciotti, Beatrice, La tradizione degli "Uomini Illustri" nella collezione di don Diego Hurtado de Mendoza ambasciatore tra Venezia e Roma (1539-1553), 2005, pp. 209.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Escultura, 1857. Núm. 405.
405. Un busto de marmol de Carrara que representa una sabina. / alto con base 3 pies.

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Room 071 (On Display)

Update date: 02-12-2015 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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