Inventory number
E00119
Author
Roman workshop
Title
Bust of Emperor Augustus ("Prima Porta" type)
Chronology
Ca. 27-20 B.C.
Technique
Sculpted
Material
Marble
Dimensions
67 cm x 29 cm x 27 cm
School
Ancient Art
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (colección Felipe II, Real Alcázar, Madrid).

This type of portrait of the first Roman emperor , Augustus Caesar –born Gaius Octavius– (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), was the best and most widely known. It corresponds to the "Prima Porta" type, which was created as an expression of the virtues of humanity and responsibility characteristic of a good prince and first citizen, and was very often employed in effigies of the Emperor. It was created around 27 B.C., when Gaius Octavius Caesar (63 B.C.-14 A.D.) received the title of Augustus from the Roman Senate. With a relaxed expression, a firm gaze and smooth and very ordered hair, this portrait transmits an air of sublime tranquility. This head, in particular, should be dated in the epoch of Emperor Tiberius (14-37 A.D.).

 
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