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Portrait of Livia
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Portrait of Livia

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Description This portrait of Livia was created not long after her marriage to Emperor Augustus. As the first empress of Rome, Livia wanted her public image to embody all the virtues that the Romans valued in a woman, including "pudicita" (modesty) and "pietas" (respect). She also set a new fashion with her innovative nodus hairstyle, in which a section of hair is arranged in a roll over the forehead, while the rest of the hair is swept back in loose waves and secured in a bun at the nape of the neck.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1992Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
5/04/1994Loan Considerationexamined for loan
9/17/2008Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. 1996-1997.
Provenance E. Zoumpoulakis, Athens, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York and Paris, 1926, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P2532]; Joseph Brummer Sale, New York, June 9, 1949, no. 472; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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37-31 BCE (Late Republican)
Pentelic marble
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18 1/2 x 9 7/16 x 12 3/16 in. (47 x 24 x 31 cm)


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