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Portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius
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Portrait of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius


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Description This masterful portrait of Marcus Aurelius (reigned AD 161-180) captures the pensive temperament of the philosopher-emperor and author of the celebrated "Meditations," reflections on life and the ways of the gods. The smooth, softly modeled carving of the flesh contrasts markedly with the mass of thick, curling hair. The drooping eyelids and detached gaze suggest his contemplative nature.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
11/18/1993Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; repaired
2/25/1994Treatmentrepaired
4/25/1995Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
161-180 (Antonine)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.215
Measurements
14 1/2 x 11 x 11 9/16 in. (36.8 x 27.9 x 29.3 cm)
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