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Portrait of Vespasian

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The portrait sculpture above depicts the emperor Vespasian in an extremely naturalistic way, often labeled under the style of verism. Unlike many other emperors (depictions of Augustus, for example), Vespasian intentionally chose to highlight his non-ideal characteristics, such as the wrinkles in his face. Although not as attractive as some other…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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This bust is located at the Musei Capitolini at Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM. It depicts Emperor Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, as the hero Hercules. Commodus is depicted draped in a lion skin, with a club in one hand, and apples in the other — all traditional symbols associated with Hercules. Commodus wished to conflate himself with…

Augustus Prima Porta

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The famous Prima Porta statue of the Emperor Augustus in the Vatican Museum. It depicts him in full military gear, likely addressing his troops.

Portrait of Augustus

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This marble portrait bust dating around 27 BC-14 AD depicts the emperor Augustus (Octavian).

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus

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This statue is currently located in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme Museum. It depicts Augustus dressed in a toga with his head covered, suggesting the sculpture was created after Augustus became High Priest. This is a good example of verism, as it shows Augustus with wrinkles rather than idealizing his appearance.

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Late 2nd century AD bust that depicts the Emperor Commodus in the guise of the famous god Hercules (Roman name for the Greek god Heracles, who was the son of the King of the gods Zeus). The bust is currently housed in the Capitoline Museum.

Bust of Cicero

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Bust of Marcus Tullius Cicero at the Capitoline Museum. From the first century CE. From the Albani Collection, formerly Barberini. Number MC589.

Portrait of Hadrian

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This marble portrait of Hadrian is located in the Museo Nazionale Romano. It is distinctive for Hadrian's beard, which is a matter of some debate. Some believe it to be the beard of a philosopher-king, signifying the increased acceptance of Greek influence in the Second Sophistic, while others believe it to be a more traditional soldier's beard. It…

Statue of Augustus

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Statue of Augustus, a Roman copy of the Diadumenos (diadem-bearer) of Polyclitus. From the Albani Collection. Number: MC631.

Bust of Septimius Severus

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Bust of Septimius Severus (ruled 193-211 CE) at the Capitoline Museum. Gift of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. Number: MC461