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 carefully sculpted head represents a particular individual: a balding man of late middle age with wrinkled, sagging skin and a serious expression. At the same time, it depicts an ideal type: that of a statesman in the Roman Republican period, when high political offices were reserved for those of advanced years and patrician birth. Images of the time sought to highlight culturally defined virtues: frankness, integrity, and devotion to duty. Portrait statues of illustrious men filled Rome’s public spaces and portrait busts of distinguished ancestors lined the entrance halls of the homes of the Roman elite.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsClassical Sculpture
Contributions byRidgway, Brunilde Sismondo
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1972
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections
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