Portrait head


Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Leiden, Netherlands

This Roman boy’s head strongly recalls the heyday of Greek sculpture. The slightly parted lips, in particular, are a well-known Greek stylistic feature. The curly hair is superbly elaborated. The piece dates from the time of the Emperor Hadrian, who was a great lover of Greek culture. In those days, Rome enjoyed a kind of ‘Greek Revival’, to which this piece bears silent witness.


  • Title: Portrait head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 0125/0150
  • Location: Italië
  • Physical Dimensions: h18.6 cm
  • Datering: 125-150 AD
  • Afmetingen: 18,6 cm
  • Type: portrait head
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: marble

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