Portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Roman161-180 (Antonine)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This masterful portrait of Marcus Aurelius (reigned AD 161-180) captures the pensive temperament of the philosopher-emperor and author of the celebrated "Meditations," reflections on life and the ways of the gods. The smooth, softly modeled carving of the flesh contrasts markedly with the mass of thick, curling hair. The drooping eyelids and detached gaze suggest his contemplative nature.


  • Title: Portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius
  • Date Created: 161-180 (Antonine)
  • Physical Dimensions: w27.9 x h36.8 x d29.3 cm
  • Type: portraits;sculptures
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: marble
  • Provenance: Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Roman Empire
  • ExhibitionHistory: Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001
  • Artist: Roman

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