Roman alabaster head of a woman fragment sculpture, 100-300 A.D.

This piece of sculpture could be part of a bust or even a complete figure. It represents the portrait of a woman with idealized features and is a great example of the mastery they acquired with alabaster. The ancient Romans were great portraitists, from pictorial representations, steles, niches or sculptures. The emperors used portraits for their political programmes and to demonstrate power while, in the private sphere, portraits did their job in a funerary context. Busts with descriptions decorated the altars and tombs of the deceased. The first and second centuries A.D. belong to the period known as High Imperial Rome, i.e. the time of splendour of the Roman Empire. It is a flourishing period thanks to the arrival to power of Augustus, who promoted powerful changes in the Empire that had an impact on Roman art. During this period, the aesthetics of sculpture came from the Hellenistic world and, with respect to typologies, historical relief and portraits predominated, which sought to promote the most important characters or events.


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