Agrippina (15–59 CE), the subject of this portrait, was related to four different Roman emperors: she was granddaughter to Augustus, sister to Caligula, mother to Nero, and niece and later wife to Claudius. It is therefore not surprising that many portraits of her survive. They invariably depict her with a broad forehead, a square jaw, large eyes, thin lips, and a sharp chin, all features shared by many members of the imperial family. Ancient pieces were sometimes combined with other sculptural elements to create “new” composite sculptures. This ancient portrait head was inserted into a bust composed of different-colored marble in the 18th century. ca. 40 CE
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Roman; composite sculptures; anicient; portrait
RISD Museum; Kampen, Natalie; and Anderson, Lisa, "Portrait of Agrippina the Younger" (2012). Channel. 21.