Portrait of Trajan on Modern Bust

Portrait of Trajan on Modern Bust

In this portrait, characterized by an authoritative and imperious expression, the Emperor Trajan is recognizable, portrayed in the decennial type, created for the celebration of the tenth year of the Emperor's reign. The typical hairstyle is arranged with a fringe on the forehead, with the tips pointing to the left. Based on stylistic comparisons with other replicas, it is possible to date the Torlonia portrait to the first half of the second century AD. The modern bust may have been made during the nineteenth century on the occasion of the exhibition of the piece at the Torlonia Museum.

Inventory: MT 541

Material: White marble

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

Dating: Imperial age

Origin: Giustiniani Collection