Portrait of a man

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
about 70–60 B.C.


Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm (16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.196

Medium or Technique

Marble, perhaps from the Greek island of Paros

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Inscription

Inscribed in Greek on the support: "...son of Tharsinon made it."

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Collection of Shelby White and Leon Levy and Museum purchase with funds donated by the Jerome Levy Foundation