Portrait of Emperor Augustus

Roman27 BC- AD 14 (Augustan)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

After Augustus (reigned 27 BC-AD 14) consolidated Roman power and established what became known as the Roman Empire, he attempted to re-create the grandeur of classical Athens in Rome. In his monuments, Augustus copied timeless Greek models with ideal forms. This portrait of Augustus combines the elements of an individualized likeness with the smooth, youthful appearance of a god.


  • Title: Portrait of Emperor Augustus
  • Date Created: 27 BC- AD 14 (Augustan)
  • Physical Dimensions: w19.5 x h42.5 x d24.2 cm
  • Type: sculptures;portraits
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: marble
  • Provenance: Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Roman Empire
  • ExhibitionHistory: I, Claudius: Art in the Age of Julio-Claudians. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978; Bilder vom Menschen in der Kunst des Abendlandes. Nationalgalerie, Berlin. 1980; The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984; 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; Pompeii and The Roman Villa. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 2008-2009
  • Artist: Roman

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