Modern Portrait of Tiberius

Modern Portrait of Tiberius

The portrait head of a mature man is set on a serpentine, loricate torso. The portrait, made in a dark marble, is characterized by a thin mouth and by nasolabial folds that suggest the figure’s mature age, overall the face features recall the portraits of Tiberius. The rigid execution of the face strongly contrasts with the execution of the bust, which is flat and synthetic; its shininess clashes with the opaque and porous marble used for the head. The juxtaposition of marbles of different colors and qualities, and inconsistency in the rendering of the lorica also suggest that the piece was made in modern times.

Inventory: MT 351

Material: Dark and porous stone head of mediocre quality; serpentine bust and pedestal

Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps

Dating: Modern age

Origin: Giustiniani Collection