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Bust of elderly man – so-called patrician Torlonia

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A bust of an elderly man - the so-called patrician Torlonia
Bust of elderly man - so-called patrician Torlonia

Roman bust showing an older man – so-called patrician Torlonia. It is widely believed that the sculpture depicts the famous Cato the Elder (234-149 BCE). The object is in the collection of the Torlonia Foundation in Rome.

The sculpture is dated to the 1st century CE and is a copy of a republican masterpiece from the 1st century BCE.

The bust shows in a very realistic way the harsh and wrinkled face of an older Roman. What catches the eye is certainly a firm look and visible pride.

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