The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 28, 2017

Head of Drusus Minor (13 B.C. - A.D. 23), probably after A.D. 23 and likely before A.D. 37

marble, Overall: h. 35 cm (13 3/4 in). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2012.29

This monumental marble portrait is of Drusus Minor, son of the emperor Tiberius. The sensitivity of the carving, the excellent state of preservation, and the monumental scale distinguish it as the most accomplished portrait of the Julio-Claudian prince to have survived from antiquity. The Julio-Claudian dynasty (27 BC-AD 68) inaugurated the Roman Imperial period beginning with Augustus, and included the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. The portrait was carved during a momentous transitional period in world history, roughly contemporary with the ministry of Jesus Christ.

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