Roman Marble Bust of a Philosopher
An ancient Roman marble portrait bust of a bearded philosopher with a furrowed brow and mouth slightly open; with an ancient Roman marble muscular bust; placed on a pavanazzetto granite pedestal.
Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
During the Grand Tour, this Roman marble portrait of an unidentified philosopher was joined to a fragmentary ancient torso and placed upon a pedestal of pavanazzetto marble. The portrait somewhat resembles images of the Hellenistic philosopher Karneades.
Formerly in a 19th century European collection; with Mallet's, Bourdon House, London, acquired by 1996; with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2002.