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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, FIRST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, FIRST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, FIRST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, FIRST HALF OF THE 1ST CENTURY A.D.


turned to his right, with slender neck, his sensitive face with full lips, fragmentary aquiline nose, large wide-set eyes, and prominent brow and cheekbones, his wavy hair arranged in long overlapping locks parted over the forehead, the neck carved for insertion into a draped statue; no restorations.

Height 42 cm.; height of head 25 cm.

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Peter Iasillo (1953-2017), New York, received as a gift from his grandmother, probably in 1985 or earlier (Sotheby’s, New York, December 14th, 1994, no. 92, illus.)

Martin Armstrong, acquired at the above sale

Christie's, New York, December 7th, 2011, no. 173, illus.

Axel Vervoordt, Belgium, acquired at the above sale

acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015

The present head is slightly over-lifesize, suggesting a portrait of a member of the Imperial family. For the arrangement of the hair over the forehead cf. a portrait type commonly identified as the portrait of Lucius Caesar: D. Boschung, Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 6, 1993, p. 54, no. Ja.