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Portrait Head of a Man

Object Details

Title:

Portrait Head of a Man

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Asia Minor (Place Created)

Date:

mid-5th century A.D.

Medium:

Marble

Object Number:

83.AA.45

Dimensions:

28.5 × 14.5 × 22.5 cm (11 1/4 × 5 11/16 × 8 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Marble head once belonging to a full-length statue (indicated by the folds of clothing still visible on the back), probably an official. The elongated and bearded face, caplike hair, and exagerrated staring eyes (with U-shaped pupils) are all characteristic of portraits from the Late Antique period. Nose missing.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1982

Private Collection (Switzerland)

- 1983

Bank Leu, A.G. (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Gesichter: Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus Schweizer Besitz (November 6, 1982 to February 6, 1983)
Late Antiquity and Early Christianity (December 15, 1983 to March 11, 1984)
  • Liebieghaus (Frankfurt am Main), December 15, 1983 to March 11, 1984
Bibliography
Bibliography

Jucker, Hans, and Dietrich Willers, eds. Gesichter: Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus schweizer Besitz. Bernischen Historischen Museum, November 6, 1982-February 6, 1983. Exh. cat. (Bern: Archäologisches Seminar der Universität Bern, 1982), pp. 224-25, cat. no. 95A, ill.

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 238, no. 30.

Oezgan, R., and D. Stutzinger. "Untersuchungen zur Portraetplastik des 5 Jhs. n. Chr. anhand zweier neugefundener Portraets aus Stratonikeia," Istanbuler Mitteilungen 35 (1985), pp. 237-274, pp. 261-62, ill. pl. 56, 1-2.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 1st ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 39.

Meischner, Jutta. "Das Portraet der theodosianischen Epoche I," Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts 105 (1990), pp. 303-324, pp. 313, 321-22, 324.

Smith, R.R.R. "Late Roman Philosopher Portraits from Aphrodisias." Journal of Roman Studies 80 (1990), pp. 127-155, p. 134, n. 30.

Meischner, Jutta. "Das Porträt der theodosianischen Epoche II (400 bis 460 n. Chr.)" Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 106 (1991), pp. 385-407, pp. 383-94, 396, 400, 407; pl. 86, 3. Cited without inv. no.

Meischner, Jutta, Bildnisse der Spätantike 193-500. Problemfelder: Die Privatporträts (Berlin: Edition BNB, 2001), pp. 121, 124-25, figs. 365-366 (AD 430-455).

Johanning, Gregor. Stilgeschichte des spätantiken Porträts. (Hamburg: Dr. Kovac̆, 2003), pp. 135, 165.

Grossman, Janet Burnett. Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), pp. 33, ill.

Prusac, Marina. From Face to Face. Recarving of Roman Portraits and the Late-Antique Portrait Arts. Monumenta Graeca et Romana 18 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011), p. 154, no. 440.

Kovacs, Martin. Kaiser, Senatoren und Gelehrte : Untersuchungen zum spätantiken männlichen Privatporträt. (Wiesbaden : Reichert, 2014), pp. 32 (also n. 24), 70, 71 (n. 74), 109-110, 128, 131 (n. 4), 138 (n. 87), 149, 167, 281, no. B 88, pl. 39,3-4.