Portrait of Augustus

    • Provenienza:
      Centuripe, Casa degli Augustali
    • Data:
      Last 20 years of the 1st century BC
    • Materiali:
      White marble
    • Dimensioni:
      height 38 cm, max. width 25 cm
    • Collocazione:
      Syracuse, Museo Archeologico Regionale “Paolo Orsi”
    • Inventario:
      inv. 50698
  • Portrait of Augustus

Although Augustus is seen at a mature age, shortly before he was appointed Pontifex Maximus in 12 BC, the portrait shows the face of a young man - expressing a desire to explore psychological introspection. A recent hypothesis suggests that all the above stylistic features should be attributed to the prototype that served as the model for the Augustus from Kentoripa, which should, instead, be considered a good copy from the Age of Hadrian, given its smooth and transparent face, typical of portraiture of the 2nd century AD.