The many faces of the National Rome Museum’s Palazzo Massimo
Virile portrait, ca. 30 BC, lunense marble, Nemi (Rome)
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.
Portrait of an elderly woman, late 1st century BC, Greek marble, from Palombara Sabina, Colle Fagiano
Portrait of an elderly woman, detail
Virile portrait, mid-1st century BC, Greek pentelic marble
Virile portrait, 2nd-3rd centuries BC, travertine, from the foundations of the Ministry of Finance in Via XX Settembre, Rome
Portrait of Marcia Otacilia Severa, wife of the Roman Emperor Phillip the Arab, 244-249 AD, marble
Auriga herma, ca. 110 AD, bust in lunense marble, herma in bardiglio
Bust of Emperor Nerva, 96-98 AD, marble
Female bust, late 1st century BC, lunense marble, from a colombarium near the Marianist headquarters on Via Latina, Rome
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
Sleeping hermaphrodite, mid-2nd century BC to mid-2nd century AD, marble, from a domus under Teatro dell'Opera, Rome
Resting boxer, 4th-2nd centuries BC, bronze
Hellenistic prince (Attalus II of Pergamon), bronze, 2nd century BC
October 19, 2015