• Bust of Emperor Lucius Verus

    Dimensions:
    height: 48,0 cm

Bust of Emperor Lucius Verus

Ancient Rome, third quarter of the 2nd century

Lucius Verus was a striking and ambiguous figure in his time. While his co-ruler Marcus Aurelius concerned himself with politics, Lucius Verus is better known for his passion for amusements and luxury. A large number of sculptures of Lucius Verus have survived and among them both Hermitage portraits are masterpieces of 2nd-century official art. The creator of the bust was unarguably a virtuoso sculptor. He superbly creates illusions, achieving truly painterly effects in his working of the surface of the stone. The viewer almost physically senses the smoothness of the skin, admires the curve of the full lips and the soft curls of the luxuriant hair. Depictions of Lucius Verus are lacking the expression of philosophical dignity present in portraits of Marcus Aurelius. Priority is given to a striving after effects and elegance, to deliberate idealization. Lucius Verus’s personality is conveyed through prettiness and sensuality that overshadow this man’s inner world.

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Bust of Emperor Lucius Verus

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height: 48,0 cm

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ГР-34

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