Head of Trajan

Head of Trajan

100-200

Marble

Overall: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1925.468

Description

Roman portraiture styles evolved in response to the artistic tastes of emperors. Imperial dynasties adopted the visual styles and characteristics of predecessors with whom they wanted to align themselves. This idealized portrait of Trajan emphasizes symbolic connections with Augustus, perhaps the most revered of all the emperors.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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