Portrait of a man
Late Hellenistic Period
about 70–60 B.C.
Height: 40.6 cm (16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Marble, perhaps from the Greek island of Paros
Out on Loan
Out On Loan
Portrait of an old man, inscribed in Greek on the support: “…son of Tharsinon made it”
Few portraits in marble are signed by their sculptors, and such a signature normally signals a work of excellence and importance. The harshly realistic style probably reflects the influence of early Roman portraiture. The mobility of the pose and the benign, philosophical expression, however, preserve a distinctly Greek feeling. The man was probably a pro-Roman leader of a Hellenistic city.
Inscribed in Greek on the support: "...son of Tharsinon made it."
By 1991: with Bruce & Ingrid McAlpine, One the Vale, London, SW3 6AG, England; purchased by Shelby White and Leon Levy (1/2 interest) and by MFA with funds given by Jerome Levy Foundation (1/2 interest) from Bruce & Ingrid McAlpine, May 26, 1992
Collection of Shelby White and Leon Levy and Museum purchase with funds donated by the Jerome Levy Foundation