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.
Fingers of the right hand repaired
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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