Roman Emperor (Julius Caesar)

A Roman Emperor

Italian (Florence)
Renaissance
around 1455
Mino da Fiesole (Italian, 1429–1484)


Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

Dimensions

40 x 34 x 7.6 cm (15 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 3 in.)

Accession Number

17.1471

Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Crowned with laurel and dressed in armor, this unidentified Roman emperor’s face is shown in pure profile while his shoulders twist, adding a sense of three-dimensionality and movement to the figure. The relief is a reminder of the importance of ancient models for Renaissance Florentines. Giovanni de’Medici, for example, commissioned reliefs of the Roman emperors as decorations for the family palace.

Provenance

Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton