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A Roman Emperor
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A Roman Emperor


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Description This figure's armor and laurel wreath identify him as a Roman emperor. Such statues were often placed in courtyards or gardens and were intended to validate the aristocrats' authority by associating them with the traditions and power of the imperial past. This emperor's twisting pose and graceful gesture, so characteristic of the baroque style, suggests that he originally guided the viewer's gaze towards another figure or a distant vista.
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Fingers of the right hand repaired

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationRepaired
12/31/1969TreatmentRepaired
7/05/1977Treatmentrepaired
Provenance Jean Antoine du Vidal de Montferrier, Chateau de Montpellier [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer Sale, New York, 1949, Pt. III, no. 515; Walters Art Museum, June 9, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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Period
1710-1740
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
27.532
Measurements
H: 70 1/16 in. (178 cm)
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