Head of a Man

Greekca. 320 BC (Classical)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This magnificent head belonged to a type of Athenian grave monument in which life-size images of family members were presented within a stage-like setting. The deep-set eyes, furrowed brow, open mouth, and tousled hair depart from the idealized Classical forms typical of the 5th and early 4th century. The depiction of emotion individualizes the figure, while avoiding any specific likeness to the deceased.


  • Title: Head of a Man
  • Date Created: ca. 320 BC (Classical)
  • Physical Dimensions: w19.9 x h31.9 x d21.5 cm
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 1986, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: marble
  • Provenance: Raimund Netzhammer [d. 1945], archbishop of Bucharest, Romania [part of a collection assembled in the late 1920's and early 1930's]; Maria Wolff [sister of Raimund Netzhammer], Munich, by inheritance; Erich Wolff, Munich, by inheritance; Galerie Günter Puhze, Freiburg, West Germany, 1986; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by purchase.
  • Place of Origin: Greece (?)
  • ExhibitionHistory: From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008
  • Artist: Greek

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