Head of a Noble Woman
Head of a Noble Woman, Flavian Period (AD 69–96), AD 96–100
11 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 7 3/8 in. (28.58 × 13.34 × 18.73 cm)
Purchase, with funds from the Woman's Exchange M1966.67
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
The art of portraiture was Rome's most important contribution to sculpture. The calm and delicate expression of this portrait bust represents the classical virtues associated with a Roman matron. Her dramatic, beehive hairstyle reflects the care, time, and money Roman women lavished on their appearance; some wealthier families owned slaves to arrange the hair of the lady of the house. This subject's deep-drilled curls and the subtle modeling of her facial features are examples of the period's best carving.
Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection--Ancient Roman Head of a Noble Woman. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, March 22, 2013. http://blog.mam.org/2013/03/22/from-the-collection-ancient-roman-head-of-a-noble-woman/.
Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 20, b/w illus. p. 20.
Ancient Art from Milwaukee Collections, University Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, November 18–December 22, 1984.
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