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Roman Marble Bust of a Man (Possibly Emperor Vitellius) - PF.0013
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 200 AD
Dimensions: 13.5" (34.3cm) high x 7.75" (19.7cm) wide
Collection: Roman
Style: Roman
Medium: Marble

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. - (PF.0013)

 

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