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Portrait of the Ancient Roman General Scipio

Mino da Fiesole, Italian (active Florence and Rome), 1429 - 1484

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1460-1465

Medium:
Marble

Dimensions:
13 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches (34.9 x 29.8 x 9.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 309, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
1930-1-77

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Joseph E. Temple Fund from the Edmond Foulc Collection, 1930

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Label:
Profile portraits of figures from antiquity—often based on ancient coins bearing images of Roman emperors—emerged as a popular sculptural genre in late fifteenth-century Italy. Florentine sculptors in particular made very sophisticated classicizing portrait reliefs, sometimes producing entire series for wealthy patrons. These reliefs were usually displayed as part of a collection housed in a scholar’s study. This example is an imaginary portrayal of Scipio Africanus, a general of the Roman Republic who fought in the Punic Wars between ancient Rome and the North African city of Carthage.


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