The many faces of the National Rome Museum’s Palazzo Massimo

Inside the National Rome Museum’s Palazzo Massimo, in Rome, faces emerge from the shadows of the past.

They are the statues and busts kept on the ground and first floors of this extraordinary ancient art museum. They are the wonderful marble and bronze portraits made between the Roman Republic (6th-1st centuries BC) and late antiquity (3rd-6th centuries AD).

They are commoners, emperors, athletes, soldiers, gods. Men and women who are now distant, yet continue to look familiar.

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Museo Massimo di Roma

Portrait of an elderly woman, late 1st century BC, Greek marble, from Palombara Sabina, Colle Fagiano

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Portrait of an elderly woman, detail

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Virile portrait, mid-1st century BC, Greek pentelic marble

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Virile portrait, 2nd-3rd centuries BC, travertine, from the foundations of the Ministry of Finance in Via XX Settembre, Rome

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Portrait of Marcia Otacilia Severa, wife of the Roman Emperor Phillip the Arab, 244-249 AD, marble

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Auriga herma, ca. 110 AD, bust in lunense marble, herma in bardiglio

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Bust of Emperor Nerva, 96-98 AD, marble

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Female bust, late 1st century BC, lunense marble, from a colombarium near the Marianist headquarters on Via Latina, Rome

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Agrippina the Younger (15-59 AD), daughter of Germanico and Agrippina the Elder, married to Claudius in 49 AD, and mother to Nero, likely portrayed soon after 50 AD, in Ostia

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Sleeping hermaphrodite, mid-2nd century BC to mid-2nd century AD, marble, from a domus under Teatro dell'Opera, Rome

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Resting boxer, 4th-2nd centuries BC, bronze

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Massimo di Roma

Hellenistic prince (Attalus II of Pergamon), bronze, 2nd century BC

The many faces of the National Rome Museum’s Palazzo Massimo

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