Portrait bust of the Emperor Maximinus (A.D. 235–238)
Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 374; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115-116 (additional published references).
70.2 x 20 cm (27 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek mainland marble; the restored neck is Italian (Luna) marble
Not On View
The section of the neck has been replaced; the ears, particularly the left, are somewhat damaged; and there is other superficial damage.
The head is ancient and, although reworked, has strong individual characteristics which confirm the identification. The greatest area of recutting is around the eyes, which have lost most of their third century A.D. character, such as large, incised pupils. The bust is ancient but does not belong with this head.
By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)
Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation