Fragment of a Portrait Statue of a Man

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Beginning in the 1st century A.D., it became increasingly popular among well-to-do Roman men to represent oneself in the guise of a Greek mythological hero. Such portraits, which typically paired a muscular, youthful body with a more mature, realistic portrait head, were intended to equate the individual’s achievements and admirable qualities with those of the favored hero. This statue likely alluded to the Greek hero Diomedes, who played a pivotal role in the Trojan War by stealing the Palladium, a wooden image of the goddess Athena thought to protect the city of Troy from danger.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Fragment of a Portrait Statue of a Man

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

101 AD–200 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

136.8 × 59.7 × 49.5 cm (53 7/8 × 23 1/2 × 19 1/2 in.) (with base)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Hokin

Reference Number

1972.1231

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