Portrait of a man in the Republican style
Unknown artist, Roman
Portrait of a man in the Republican style, first century CE or later
Height: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 25.063
This portrait of a man represents a balding man of late middle age with wrinkled and sagging skin. While it seems to portray a specific individual, it depicts an ideal of its time: a statesman of the Roman Republican period, when high office was reserved for those of advanced years and much experience in public service. Portraits from the late Republican period highlight the culturally defined virtues of frankness, integrity, and devotion to duty shared in theory by their subjects. This first-century work is probably based on such late Republican period portraits.