Roman Portrait Sculpture
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  • The Severan Dynasty
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  • Greek and Roman Sculpture
  • This section of the RNG shows selected portrait sculptures, mostly marble busts of roman emperors. The image of the emperor was highly standardized and distributed throughout the empire to public places, homes, and of course coins. It is interesting to compare the portraits as we find them on coins with roman sculpture. The very realistic roman portrait derives from the custom to keep one's ancestor's portraits at home, and use them in religious ceremonies. The emperor's portraits built on this tradition. Below pieces can be seen in major museums around the globe, even today representing the finest portrait sculpture there ever was.