Head of a Greek Philosopher or Poet (Front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Although previously identified as the physician Hippokrates, the unkempt beard, furrowed forehead, and arched eyebrow of this elderly man suggest that he is a philosopher or poet. He has an aged face with a furrowed brow, wrinkles around his eyes, and a full, wavy beard and moustache. Broken at the neck, the statue is a Roman work derived from a Greek original.


  • Title: Head of a Greek Philosopher or Poet (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 2nd century A.D.
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 × 19.5 × 25 cm (11 × 7 11/16 × 9 13/16 in.)
  • Type: Male portrait
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble, white
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 73.AA.25
  • Culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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