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Fragment of a Togate Statue of Diocletian

Object Details


Fragment of a Togate Statue of Diocletian






Roman Empire (Place Created)


about A.D. 295–300


Asia Minor marble, fine white

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35 cm (13 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Head, neck and part of the toga of a male (Diocletian). The hairline is squared above the brow with one shallow and one deep furrow. The hair is short, the locks incised and combed forward toward the forehead. The ridge above the eyes is prominent and both eyebrows and the upper eyelids are sharply arched. The eyes gaze upward. The mouth is turned down with dimples at each corner and under the lower lip. A short beard and moustache are indicated by stippling. The preserved drapery is gathered at the back of the neck. The right side of the head above the temple has broken away and part of the nose is missing. Covered in a yellow-brown patina on the right side, but the left side remains white.

by 1977 - 1978

Fritz Bürki (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Roman Portrait Sculpture (February 20 to April 9, 1980)
  • Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery (Santa Cruz), February 20 to April 9, 1980
Portraits: Ancient and Contemporary (October 14 to November 10, 1980)
  • Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), October 14 to November 10, 1980
Caesars and Citizens: Roman Portrait Sculpture from the J. Paul Getty Museum (April 26, 1981 to February 28, 1982)
  • Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa), April 26 to July 12, 1981
  • Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery (Austin), September 17 to December 6, 1981
  • Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix), January 6 to February 28, 1982
Getty Museum loan to The Art Institute of Chicago (October 15, 2012 to October 1, 2024)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, October 15, 2012 to October 1, 2024

Erhart, Patricia, Jiri Frel, Sandra Morgan, and Sheldon Nodelman. Roman Portraits: Aspects of Self and Society (exh. cat.), Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz, February 20-April 9, 1980, and Loyola Marymount University Art Gallery, October 14-November 11, 1980. (1980), no. 17.

Frel, Jirí. In collaboration with Sandra Knudsen Morgan. Roman Portraits in the Getty Museum. Exh. cat. for "Caesars and Citizens," Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 26-July 12, 1981, pp. 112-13, 132, no. 93, ill.

"Art Across North America: Outstanding Exhibitions. Tetrarch in Texas." Apollo 114, no. 237 (November, 1981), p. 342, ill.

Chamay, Jacques, Jiřì Frel, and Jean-Louis Maier. Le monde des Césars: Portraits romains (Geneva: Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève 1982), p. 219; pls. 49, 49a-b.

L'Orange, Hans Peter. Das spaetantike Herrscherbild von Diokletian bis zu den Konstantin-Soehnen. Berlin: 1984, p. 27.

Meischner, J., "Die Porträtkunst der ersten und zweiten Tetrarchie bis zur Alleinherrschaft Konstantins: 293 bis 324 n. Chr.", Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1986, 2, p. 223 ff, p. 225 ff; 230 ff., ill. p. 228, fig. 4.

Walden, C. "The Tetrarchic Image." Oxford Journal of Archaeology, vol. 9,no.2, 1990, pp. 228-30, pp. 229-30; figs. 4a-b.

Meischner, Jutta, Bildnisse der Spätantike 193-500. Problemfelder: Die Privatporträts (Berlin: Edition BNB, 2001), pp. 80-81, fig. 241 (AD 305-324).

Borg, Barbara, et al.. Die antiken Skulpturen von Castle Howard. Monumenta artis Romanae 31. (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2005), p. 118, "Galerius.".

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. 145, no. 271.