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PATRICIAN CARRYING BUSTS. Or how to carry your family tree in two hands. WHAT IS IT ???. Life size statue of a Roman Patrician carrying two busts (heads). Finished somewhere between 10BC and the start of the first half of the first century AD. . THE BUSTS . Both realistic (= Veristic).

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patrician carrying busts

PATRICIAN CARRYING BUSTS

Or how to carry your family tree in two hands

what is it
WHAT IS IT ???
  • Life size statue of a Roman Patrician carrying two busts (heads).
  • Finished somewhere between 10BC and the start of the first half of the first century AD.
the busts
THE BUSTS
  • Both realistic (= Veristic).
  • Both stop just below the neck (= sign of Late Republican period).
  • They are two old men and represent the patricians ancestors.
  • They are both held close to indicate the close relationship to the patrician carrying them.
both busts
BOTH BUSTS

RIGHT HAND BUST

  • Later than the other; this one c.40-30BC
  • Probably the patrician’s father
  • Short hair that is combed forward towards the forehead
  • Groves around mouth
  • Tight thin mouth and lips
  • A very severe look

(HIS) LEFT HAND BUST

  • Style of c.50BC
  • Probably of the man’s grandfather
  • Balding head with wrinkles under the man’s neck
so what is this veristic style
SO WHAT IS THIS VERISTIC STYLE???
  • VERISTIC STYLE = true, ‘warts and all’.
  • This can be seen by the wrinkles and the creases shown on the faces:
    • Especially on the brow,
    • At the corners of the eyes,
    • At the sides of the mouth.
  • Drapery hangs in irregular folds.
some last points
SOME LAST POINTS…
  • Great attention to detail, ie: bone structure, skin, hair and eyes.
  • The original masks were made of wax as it was tradition to have wax busts (death masks) of deceased patrician’s in their households.
  • Only patrician’s could have portrait busts made.
  • These busts were therefore a status symbols.
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