Bust of a man
Late Republican Period
about 50 B.C.
Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 172.
Height: 35.7 (14 1/16) in.); depth: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Classical Roman Gallery (Gallery 213)
This life-size portrait of a man was perhaps based on a death-mask, which accounts for the individualized features of a mature man. It was skillfully retouched by the artist, who added clay and used modeling instruments- most obviously in the hair and the pupils of the eyes. It may have been a study for a marble or bronze bust.
By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from somewhere beyond Pozzuoli & this side Cumae); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution