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Lack of an American sculptural tradition compelled Jefferson to look to France for this portrait of Washington.
Nothing was more important to a Roman emperor than his image.
This work is an example of provocation with a purpose.
Realism, ideal beauty, and military might—explore the evolution of Roman portraits and political imagery.
Shown with an architectural plan in his lap, this prince constructed temples to the gods and likenesses of himself.
What do we gain when works come from a well-documented excavation?
In ancient Rome, official portraits were full of political messages. What does Vespasian’s portrait say about him?
Is this delicate female portrait what we think? Take part in a discussion of a masterpiece we know little about.
This mask is a portrait of a particular woman, but was worn and danced by her male relatives.
Once identified as the founder of the Roman Republic, debate over this figure’s true identity rages on.
Learn how the solid, abstracted forms of these co-emperors reject earlier understanding of the human body.
Tiye was a powerful figure, but her royal life was complicated, as demonstrated through this changing statue.