Bust of Trajan
During the early Imperial Period (27 BC-AD 284), it became customary to idealize the features of emperors. Emperors were considered deities after their death, and as such were accorded the same idealization as representations of the gods. However, Trajan's thin lips and prominent nose indicate a modicum of the traditional Roman realism.
The emperor is depicted naked, which was reserved for depictions of gods and great heroes from mythology. From this type of monumental nudity comes the idea of "heroic nudity."
Artform: SCULPTURE, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Unknown. Early Empire
Artist Dates: 27 BCE-284 CE
Country/Culture: Ancient Rome
Date: 98-117 CE
Style: Early Empire
This product has no customer reviews.
Must have an account to rate and/or review.
Sign in or