Afternoon Lecture: Sags, Bags, and Wrinkles in Roman Portraiture

Date/Time

Jan 26, 2013
01:00 PM

Description

Sags, Bags, and Wrinkles in Roman Portraiture

When one visualizes the Roman Republic, the first image that usually comes to mind is that of a male aristocrat whose portrait bears the signs of advanced age: incised lines on or around the forehead, eyes, and mouth, and short, closely cropped hair that is often receding. On occasion there is no hair at all, and the irregularly shaped heads frequently feature large ears, thick lips, and sharply aquiline noses. Why did the Romans choose such an unusual type, and how long did it remain in vogue? In this lecture, Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, answers these and other questions about Roman portraits, and presents new archaeological evidence from the northern Galilee that bears on the date of the type’s creation. A workshop on making ancient Roman wax masks accompanies the lecture.

Cost

Lecture: free with Museum admission. Workshop: $30

Location

View map Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

Sponsor

Penn Museum

Phone

(215) 898-2680

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