Male Portrait on an Unrelated Ancient Bust, Called Caesar
A male portrait head is set on an unrelated antique bust with armour and cloak. The concentrated and meditative expression identifies the face of a mature man, with his eyes slightly sunken, wrinkles at the root of his nose and on his balding forehead. The portrait, which was part of the Giustiniani Collection, is similar to the portrait of Julius Caesar of the Chiaramonti type. However, individual characteristics distance this piece from this identification: the head is more squared, the expression less decisive and the hair does not have the typical arrangement of the locks of the Chiaramonti type.
It is instead a private portrait made by an Italic workshop around the first century BC, with commemorative or honorary purposes.
Inventory: MT 512
Material: White marble
Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps
Dating: Republican age
Origin: Giustiniani Collection