Roman Marble Portrait of a Man

Roman Marble Portrait of a Man

An ancient Roman marble portrait of a bearded man. His hair is combed upward, He has furrowed features and a thin beard. His expression is serious and weary. The eyes are drilled.

Ca. 250-275 AD.
Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm).

This portrait was carved at a time of chaos and uncertainty in the Roman Empire. In the second half of the 3rd century BC, The Persians were pressuring the Eastern provinces, and the Germans were descending from the north. The Emperor Trajan Decius was killed in battle by the Goths in 251 AD. He was followed by a number of short lived military dictators.

Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VII, (New York, 1992), no. 50.

Formerly in the Palazzo Braschi, Rome, 18th century, purchased in 1850 by a Danish aristocrat, then by descent to a collection in Slagelse, Denmark, sold at auction in Copenhagen in 1990.

Inv#: 6052

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