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Bust of Emperor Caracalla

Artist
Joseph Claus, German, 1718–1788
Date
1757
Material
Marble
Place associated
Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 202
Dimensions
28 3/4 x 20 x 8 in. (73 x 50.8 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
19:2013
NOTES
This bust is modeled after a famous ancient sculpture of Caracalla, a notorious 3rd-century Roman emperor whose stern likeness and steely gaze embody the cruelty and abuse of power for which he was known. The antique bust was popular among 18th-century sculptors working in Rome who made copies for English travelers.
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