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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN

SEVERAN PERIOD, CIRCA 220-230 A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A WOMAN
SEVERAN PERIOD, CIRCA 220-230 A.D.
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high
Provenance
with Boris Mussienko, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 1999.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 2000 (Beloved By Time: Four Millennia of Ancient Art, no. 130, title page).

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The Severan era ushered in a different, distinctive style of Roman portraiture. The proceeding Antonine dynasty preferred the highly idealized, almost other-worldly style pioneered in the Julio-Claudian era. The 3rd century saw a preference for frankness that harkens back more to Republican era realism than Augustan idealism. The present example exemplifies this new trend with the subject gazing up and to her left, perhaps looking at a now lost companion. Gone is the static perfection favored by earlier portraiture. Instead, this young woman is wholly present and interacting with her surroundings.

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