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Marble Bust of a Man

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This bust is believed to be either a copy of a portrait created in the Republican period or a new work cast in the veristic style.

Marble Head of Tiberius

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This is a marble head from a statue of Tiberius but now settled on a modern bust in the British Museum. It was commissioned to celebrate Augustus's adoption of Tiberius, who would have been 46-year-old. Regardless, this statue presents him with a much younger and idealized look.

Marble Portrait of Caracalla

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This rare and well-preserved head of Caracalla comes from a statue, which together are on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this statue, Caracalla appears in his typical, anxious look, yet his hair and beard are rather unusual, marking a transition from the previous trend.

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus

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Also commonly referred as the Via Labicana Augustus, this sculpture portrays Augustus executing his post as the high priest, Pontifex Maximus.
This status is dated to be craved after 12 BC. Based on this dating, Augustus would have been in his fifties or sixties. However, not only is he shown in an idealized Hellenistic style, but also in a…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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This incredibly well-preserved bust of Commodus was found in the Horti Lamiani on the Esquiline Hill in 1874 and is now part of the Capitoline Museum. In this portraiture, Commodus, who was fond of Hercules, takes up the guise of Hercules.

Sarcophagus of Constantia

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This Sarcophagus held the remains of one of Constantine's daughters, Constantia, in her mausoleum on the via Nomentana. It was later removed elsewhere and finally transferred to the Vatican Museums. Nowadays it is displayed at the Pio Clementino museum, across from the sarcophagus of St. Helena. It is made of red porphyry and decorated with grape…

Bust of Hadrian

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A white marble bust that captures the younger Emperor Hadrian. This portrait depicts Hadrian as an emperor and a soldier, in his paludamentum (military cloak) and cuirass. Take notice of his well-groomed beard, which was untypical and reserved for barbarians in Roman arts.
This bust was initially found in Anzio, and it now belong s to the…

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The Sarcophagus of St. Helena

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This sarcophagus was buried in the Imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignattara and is now on display at the Pio Clementino museum in the Vatican Museums. It is believed that it at least once held the remains of St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.
This sarcophagus is made of red porphyry, a stone known for its hardness and closely associated…