Artist unknown / Portrait of an Older Woman / 60 - 70 A.D.Artist unknown
Portrait of an Older Woman
60 - 70 A.D.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Portrait of an Older Woman
View: front
Creation Start Date: 60
Creation End Date: 70
Creation Date: 60 - 70 A.D.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H.50-1/2 x W.13 x D.10 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 32.16
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

Once identified as Agrippina the younger, mother of the emperor Nero, this statue is now thought to represent an unidentified Roman matron. The hairstyle, a feature often used to date ancient Roman female portraits, corresponds to a fashion during Nero's reign (54-68 A.D.) The stark, realistic depiction of the woman's bony and lined face contrasts with the gracefully flowing, deeply carved folds of the clothing, characteristics of late Greek (Hellenistic) sculpture. This subtle combination of realism and idealism was common in portraiture of the Roman Republic and Empire, particularly during the reigns of the Julio-Claudian emperors (27 B.C.-68 A.D.) and of Hadrian (117-138 A.D.).

AMICA ID: MIA_.32.16
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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