Portrait of Julius Caesar

Unknown1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Fragmentary head of a male, made for insertion into a statue. The modeling of the sides, back, and top of the head is sketchy. The head was probably covered by drapery, indicating that the sitter was a sacrifiant. The sitter has been identified as Julius Caesar based on similarities to the so-called Tusculum portrait of Caesar, made shortly before or after his death. The face is damaged: the nose is missing, there is a large spall on the proper left cheekbone, there is a gouge on the chin, and the proper right eyebrow is chipped. Above the forehead on both sides are two small rounded indented protuberances (puntelli) that were not effaced when the piece was made.


  • Title: Portrait of Julius Caesar
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: 36.5 × 30 × 22.5 cm (14 3/8 × 11 13/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Male portrait
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 75.AA.46
  • 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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