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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 [+]

The Emperor Hadrian
White marble. 130 - 138
Roman Sculptor
The Emperor Hadrian
White marble. 130 - 138
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 [+]

Portrait of a young Man
Marble. 161 - 170
Roman Sculptor
Portrait of a young Man
Marble. 161 - 170
Roman Sculptor

The sitter is depicted with a dense head of curly hair, a carefully trimmed beard, thin moustache, and a goatee beard between his mouth and chin. The young man’s elegant hairstyle imitates portraits o [+]

Young Roman, formerly identified as Domitian
White marble. Ca. 100
Roman Sculptor
Young Roman, formerly identified as Domitian
White marble. Ca. 100
Roman Sculptor

The refined features of this distinguished young man recall those of the Emperor Nerva (96-98 AD) and his hairstyle reflects that of the previous Emperor, Domitian (81-96 AD). But this head also has s [+]

Portrait of a Young Man
White marble, Jasper. 1570 - 1600
Roman Sculptor
Portrait of a Young Man
White marble, Jasper. 1570 - 1600
Roman Sculptor

This is a modern copy of a Roman portrait of a young man from the period of the Emperor Commodus (180-192 AD). While the beard recalls portraits of Hadrian (such as E-176 in the Prado) and others from [+]

Herm of the epic poet Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the I century
Roman Sculptor
Herm of the epic poet Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the I century
Roman Sculptor

Portraits of Homer, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the earliest works of Western literature (8th century B.C.), were made only many years after his death, when any reliable memories of his appea [+]

Prince Gaius Caesar
White marble. Ca. 13 a.C.
Roman Sculptor
Prince Gaius Caesar
White marble. Ca. 13 a.C.
Roman Sculptor

Gaius Caesar (20 B. C.- 4 A. D.) was adopted, together with his brother Lucius Caesar, in the year 16 B.C. by his grandfather the emperor Augustus, with a view to possibly having him succeed him. This [+]

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 [+]

Dionysus
White marble. 75 - 100
Roman Sculptor
Dionysus
White marble. 75 - 100
Roman Sculptor

This Roman herm, which was probably made to decorate a theatre, uses an image of Dionysus in the form of a mask, created between 425 and 400 B. C. in Athens. At that time, it was usual to hang these m [+]

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 [+]

Hadrian as a hero
White marble. Ca. 136
Roman Sculptor
Hadrian as a hero
White marble. Ca. 136
Roman Sculptor

In 136 A.D., two years before his death, Emperor Hadrian had the previous realism of his portraits replaced with an idealized image of him as a young hero. Gold coins with this portrait, minted during [+]

Hermes-Sakkôn
Marble. 100 - 110
Roman Sculptor
Hermes-Sakkôn
Marble. 100 - 110
Roman Sculptor

This is a Roman copy of an Athenian original from the early fourth century B. C. Its archaising appearance responds not only to the hermae tradition but also to the oriental nature of this particular [+]

Silenus
Marble. 170 - 190
Roman Sculptor
Silenus
Marble. 170 - 190
Roman Sculptor

This fragment of a Roman statue shows Silenus holding the infant Dionysus in his arms. It is a copy of a Greek original made between 290 and 280 B. C. by one of Lysippus´s pupils. The realistic [+]

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 [+]

Aristogiton
White marble. Late I century
Roman Sculptor
Aristogiton
White marble. Late I century
Roman Sculptor

The first political monument erected by the Athenian democracy was the group of the tyrannicides Harmodius and Aristogiton who, in 514 B. C., killed the tyrant Hipparcus. The two bronze statues by Cri [+]

The Empress Julia Domna
White marble, Alabaster. 1540 - 1560
Roman Sculptor
The Empress Julia Domna
White marble, Alabaster. 1540 - 1560
Roman Sculptor

Julia Domna (170-217 AD), daughter of the Syrian high priest Julius Bassianus, was one of the most learned women of her day. Around the year 187 she married the future Emperor Septimius Severus and th [+]

Herm
White marble. First half of the I century
Roman Sculptor
Herm
White marble. First half of the I century
Roman Sculptor

Roman copy of a herm dating from between 425 and 420 B. C. It was the tyrant Hipparchus of Athens who ordered the construction, circa 520 B. C. of the first hermae of this type, milestones topped with [+]

Blind Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the II century
Roman Sculptor
Blind Homer
White marble. Third quarter of the II century
Roman Sculptor

A Roman copy of a Hellenistic image of the poet sculpted between 150 and 125 B.C. The author of the Iliad and the Odyssey was venerated throughout Classical Antiquity. He was imagined with a variety o [+]

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