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Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Volterra, Daniele Ricciarelli Da
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Volterra, Daniele Ricciarelli Da

Michel Hochmann identified the painting in the Capodimonte as the ‘Quadretto corniciato di pero tinto con un ritratto di un giovane, in pietra di Genova, di mano del medesimo [Daniele]’ refered to in [+]

The Emperor Hadrian
White marble. Ca. 134
Roman Sculptor
The Emperor Hadrian
White marble. Ca. 134
Roman Sculptor

The image of Publius Aelius Hadrian (76-138 A. D.) did not change much during his rule (117-138 A. D.). This effigy shows him in his maturity, and can thus be dated between 130 and 138 A.D. Despite a [+]

The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Nero
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

In 1562 and 1565 Philip II commissioned the Bonanome brothers to execute two series of busts of the “Twelve Emperors” of whom Suetonius wrote biographies. The monarch was not satisfied with the busts [+]

The Emperor Hadrian
Marble. 1600 - 1650
Anonymous
The Emperor Hadrian
Marble. 1600 - 1650
Anonymous

This portrait of Hadrian (117-138 AD) does not follow a specific classical model, freely interpreting elements such as the curls of his hair and his expression. It may have belonged to Queen Christina [+]

Roman Woman
White marble. 150 - 155
Roman Sculptor
Roman Woman
White marble. 150 - 155
Roman Sculptor

The portrait is of a mature, high-class lady with a serene and somewhat tired expression. Like many portraits of its era, it imitates the hairstyles adopted in the imperial household, in this case of [+]

Aphrodite and Eros
White carrara marble. Ca. 35
Roman Sculptor
Aphrodite and Eros
White carrara marble. Ca. 35
Roman Sculptor

Double hermae of gods, similar to the image of the two-headed Janus, were created from the first century B. C. onwards for Roman collectors. Here, Aphrodite and her son Eros, the goddess and god of lo [+]

Drusus the Younger
Marble. I century
Roman Sculptor
Drusus the Younger
Marble. I century
Roman Sculptor

The son and heir of Tiberius, Drusus the Younger was portrayed from his father’s assumption of imperial power in 14 A. D., until his own violent death at the hands of his wife in 23 A. D. The realism [+]

The Vestal Virgin Tuccia
Marble. Early Finales del siglo XVII - XVIII century
Anonymous
The Vestal Virgin Tuccia
Marble. Early Finales del siglo XVII - XVIII century
Anonymous

Tuccia was one of the virgins at the temple of Vesta, goddess of fire. Accused of adultery, she proved her innocence by carrying water in a sieve without spilling a drop. This marble head is closely b [+]

Antinous of Bithynia
Marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous
Antinous of Bithynia
Marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous

Antinous (c. 105-130AD), the Emperor Hadrian’s favourite, was deified with the name of Osiris to commemorate his death in the Nile and he was venerated as a god under the Roman Empire. By the fifteent [+]

The Emperor Augustus
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Augustus
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This impressive portrait of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD) is by the Bonanome brothers, who were commissioned by Philip II in 1562 and 1565 to execute two series of busts of the first twelve Roman emperors [+]

Hercules
Marble. 75 - 100
Anonymous
Hercules
Marble. 75 - 100
Anonymous

Hercules, who was deified for his superhuman labours, wears a hero’s band around his hair. With his beard and dignified appearance he resembles the Greek philosophers who venerated the hero as a model [+]

Emperor Marcus Aurelius
White marble. Ca. 161
Roman Sculptor
Emperor Marcus Aurelius
White marble. Ca. 161
Roman Sculptor

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 Rom [+]

Pseudo-Vitellius
Marble. 1530 - 1550
Taller Italiano
Pseudo-Vitellius
Marble. 1530 - 1550
Taller Italiano

The Pseudo-Vitellius was one of the busts most frequently copied and borrowed by Renaissance artists, at a time when it was believed to be a portrait of the Emperor Vitellius, who reigned briefly from [+]

Greek Intellectual
White marble. 150 - 160
Anonymous
Greek Intellectual
White marble. 150 - 160
Anonymous

The Roman portrait from the era of the Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161 A. D.), with its meticulous curly hairstyle, recalls the much earlier appearance of Greek poets and philosophers. Greek teachers, [+]

The Emperor Caligula
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola
The Emperor Caligula
Marble. Ca. 1565
Bonanome, Giovanni Battista; Bonanome, Nicola

This portrait head of Caligula (37 to 41 AD) is set into a tuff bust laminated with pieces of coloured marble to imitate a general’s armour and cloak, using a new technique of the time. It is one from [+]

Sappho
Marble. S XVI - XVII century
Anonymous
Sappho
Marble. S XVI - XVII century
Anonymous

Cabeza femenina con el pelo sujeto por una cinta y cubierto por un pañuelo. Por delante de las orejas caen dos pares de rizos sobre las mejillas. Este prototipo creado en Grecia fue tradicionalmente i [+]

Juan de Villanueva
Marble. 1877 - 1878
Gragera y Herboso, José
Juan de Villanueva
Marble. 1877 - 1878
Gragera y Herboso, José

Juan de Villanueva (1739-1811) is represented somewhat larger than life-size, dressed in late eighteenth-century style and covered with a cape. This enlightened architect designed the Prado Museum bui [+]

The Empress Sabina
White marble. Ca. 130
Roman Sculptor
The Empress Sabina
White marble. Ca. 130
Roman Sculptor

This is the last portrait of Vibia Sabina (83-136 A. D.), wife of the emperor Hadrian. It does not represent her at her real age (some 48 years), but is a highly idealised and rejuvenated image. Her h [+]

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