The modern portrait, represents a young Marcus Aurelius with an elongated face and a sparse beard, which suggests his young age. The prototype that inspired the replica can be dated to 139 AD and defined as the Uffizi / Toulouse type, created on the occasion of his designation as Caesar, or in 147 AD to celebrate the wedding with Faustina minor, her devoted and beloved wife, who followed her husband even in war.
The black marble portrait of the young designated heir of the empire, is placed on a bust with armor and cloak in Portasanta red marble.
Inventory: MT 348
Material: Antique black marble for the head; Portasanta marble for the bust
Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps
Dating: Modern age
Origin: Giustiniani Collection