Brutus, Capitoline Museums (or Head of a Man)


4th-3rd centuries BCE
bronze, eyes of painted ivory; 12 ½ inches




Marilyn Stokstad suggests that the artist of this early "Roman" bronze may in fact have been Etruscan, since the skill of Etruscan bronze sculptors was widely admired in early Roman times and thus he might have been commissioned by a Roman patron (191). Since the head is generally dated about 300 BCE, long after the death of Lucius Junius Brutus, the founder (509 BCE) and first consul of the Roman Republic, Stokstad only entitles it Head of a Man noting that it could be an imaginary portrait of a hero. Like later Roman sculpture, it conveys a sense of individuality and psychological realism.


Marilyn Stokstad. Art History. Revised Second Edition. Prentice Hall, 2005.

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