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Portrait of Emperor Nero, Re-Carved as Claudius
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Portrait of Emperor Nero, Re-Carved as Claudius


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Description The nose, lower lip, chin, and ears are modern restorations, but this head also shows signs of re-carving in antiquity on its cheeks and jaw. The deeply cut locks on the back of the head are characteristic of portraits of Nero and were untouched by the later artist. However, the area around the mouth has been reworked, and the deep grooves recall portraits of the emperor Claudius (ruled 41-54 CE), an elderly man when he came to power. It is likely that after Nero's unpopular rule, the portrait was re-carved to resemble his well-liked predecessor, Claudius.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
6/22/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/06/1970Treatmentcleaned
7/05/2001Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [no. 31]; 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
Original: 54-68 CE; Recarved: ca. 70 CE (Roman)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.118
Measurements
H: 27 11/16 in. (70.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Centre Street: Second Floor: Lobby

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