Head of a young man

2nd century C.E.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

By the 1st century B.C., the city of Rome had become the center of a large empire covering the entire Mediterranean world. Like the Etruscans before them, the Romans admired Greek art: they carried Greek art treasures to Italy and patronized imitations or copies of Greek works. However, their native taste for realistic, historically oriented art led to a new, Roman style. By the time of the early Roman Empire, portraiture had crystallized as a distinctive type of Roman art, in keeping with the Roman interest in family lineage. This powerful image of a young man demonstrates the strong sense of psychological reality to be found in Roman portraits.


  • Title: Head of a young man
  • Date Created: 2nd century C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 8 7/8 x 6 1/2 in. (22.543 x 16.5 cm)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/4224771/
  • Medium: Marble
  • culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift in memory of Edward Marcus

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