Roman Marble Bust of a Man (Possibly Emperor Vitellius)

SKU PF.0013
Status

SOLD

Circa

100 AD to 200 AD

Dimensions

13.5″ (34.3cm) high x 7.75″ (19.7cm) wide

Medium

Marble

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

The sensitive rendering of this portrait makes it a masterpiece under any circumstances. Though Vitellius only reigned for a matter of months in the turmoil following the fall of Nero, this image of a plump, middle-aged man is consistent with his known portraits. Its introspective, slightly melancholy mood reminds us that even emperors are human, leaving us to ponder the whims of history, the lessons of the past.

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