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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

Or how to carry your family tree in two hands


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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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