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Aurelius Antoninus Pius

Aurelius Antoninus Pius

late 1400s

Gregorio di Lorenzo

(Italian, c. 1436-1504)

Marble

Overall: 50.5 x 34 x 13 cm (19 7/8 x 13 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., for the Coralie Walker Hanna Memorial Collection 1939.160

Did you know?

The artist can be identified by his distinctive flame-shaped curls forming the beard.

Description

A laurel wreath rests on this Roman emperor’s finely articulated corkscrew curls, underscoring his military triumphs. While many ancient and classically inspired marble sculptures were painted, the survival of pigments is rare. In addition to the vibrant green coloring, traces of gold also remain on the leaves.

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