Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs

Learn how the solid, abstracted forms of these co-emperors reject earlier understanding of the human body.


Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs, from Constantinople, c. 305, porphyry, 4′ 3″ high (St. Marks, Venice)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs," in Smarthistory, December 10, 2015, accessed May 18, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/portraits-of-the-four-tetrarchs/.