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Portrait of a man

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Only the bald forehead gives this head some of the individuality of a portrait. The receding hair is the only sign of age but should indicate a mature adult. The image is otherwise regular and impersonal. Even the eyes have a distant, glassy look. This kind of subtly modulated abstraction is a...

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Said to have come from the Bardini Collection, Florence; by about 1970: with Pino Donati, Lugano, Switzerland; about 1970: purchased by John J. Herrmann from Pino Donati; March 2, 1977: loaned to MFA by John J. Herrmann (81.1977); gift of John J. Herrmann to MFA, November 19, 1997

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrmann, Jr.

Roman, Early Christian Period, mid 5th century

Place of Manufacture

Italy (possibly)


Height: ca. 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World