Description This masterful portrait of Marcus Aurelius (reigned 161-180 CE) 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.
|1/01/1992||Technical Report||x-ray diffraction; other|
|11/18/1993||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; repaired|
- Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, by 1894, [mode of acquisition unknown] [marble no. 14]; 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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