Head of a Noble Woman

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Head of a Noble Woman, Flavian Period (AD 69–96), AD 96–100
Pentelic marble
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
Currently on View

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.

Publication History
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.
Exhibition History
Ancient Art from Milwaukee Collections, University Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, November 18–December 22, 1984.

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