fine example of late Roman/early Byzantine provincial portraiture

Head of a Young Man, 400-420

Unknown artist, expand_more


The Putnam Dana McMillan Fundexpand_more  70.68

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The frontal pose and simplified facial features of this head are characteristic of Roman portrait sculpture after the reign of Constantine the Great (306-337 A.D.). The focus of portraiture now shifted away from realistic depictions of outward physical features, concentrating instead on the expression of the inner, spiritual self, as represented by this young man's upturned gaze.

Head of a Young Man
10 in. (25.4 cm)
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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fine example of late Roman/early Byzantine provincial portraiture