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A Collection of 5 Marble Sculpture Portrait of Roman Emperors Grand Tour Style

after 1800

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A very interesting collection of studies of portrait of roman Emperors in grand tour style, depictions from right to left Hadrian, Nero, Marcus Aurelius, Caesar and Antoninus Pius. a rich study on beards and hair is the basis of these elaborations such that they also represent an exercise in style aimed at making the observer understand the essential features of classical Roman sculpture. Each portrait standing on a squared black base with a central pin which gives the work lightness but also a precise stylistic connotation of archaeological taste The Grand Tour was the principally 17th- to early 19th-century custom of a traditional trip through Europe, with Italy as a key destination, undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a tutor or family member) when they had come of age (about 21 years old). The custom—which flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s and was associated with a standard itinerary—served as an educational rite of passage. Though it was primarily associated with the British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, similar trips were made by wealthy young men of other Protestant Northern European nations, and, from the second half of the 18th century, by some South and North Americans. In Rome, antiquaries like Thomas Jenkins were also dealers and were able to sell and advise on the purchase of marbles; their price would rise if it were known that the Tourists were interested.
  • Creation Year:
    after 1800
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 10.63 in (27 cm)Width: 4.73 in (12 cm)Depth: 4.73 in (12 cm)
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  • Condition:
  • Gallery Location:
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1350114542642
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