Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Bronze statue of an aristocratic boy

Period:
Augustan
Date:
27 B.C.–A.D. 14
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
46 1/2 × 20 × 16 1/2 in., 150 lb. (118.1 × 50.8 × 41.9 cm, 68 kg) Height (w/ base): 58 in. (147.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.130.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This life-sized statue was found on the eastern Mediterranean island of Rhodes, whose ancient Greek cities were wealthy, flourishing centers ofcommerce and culture under the Romans. With his broad face and short hair, the boy resembles young princes in the family of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, but he may have been the son of an important Roman official stationed on Rhodes or the son of a wealthy Greek. As Roman influence spread throughout the Mediterranean world, there was interchange of fashion, customs, and culture. Romans had great admiration for Greek culture; the island of Rhodes was famous for its schools of philosophy and rhetoric, and this boy even wears a Greek himation (cloak) instead of the traditional Roman toga.
Said to be from Rhodes

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 333, pp. 149-52, New York: Gilliss Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "Bronze Statue of a Boy." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (1): pp. 1, 3-5.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. "A Bronze Statue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." American Journal of Archaeology, 19(2): pp. 121-8, pls. I-VI.

Howe, Winifred E. 1916. "The Children's Bulletin." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Supplement, 11(11): pp. 1-4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 245, fig. 150, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Swift, Emerson H. 1921. "A Group of Roman Imperial Portraits at Corinth." American Journal of Archaeology, 25(2): pp. 357-8 n. 4.

Reinach, Salomon. 1924. "Deux mille trois cent quatre-vingt statues." Répertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine, Vol. 5, pt. 2, 2nd edn. no. 1, Paris: E. Leroux.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 296-97, fig. 209, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 296-97, fig. 209, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

West, Robert. 1933. Römische Porträt-Plastik, Vol. 1. pp. 136ff., fig. 147, pl. XXXIV, Munich: F. Bruckmann Verlag, Munich.

Curtius, Prof. Ludwig. 1935. "Ikonographische Beiträge zum Porträt der Römischen Republik und der Julisch-Claudischen Familie." Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung, 50: pp. 300ff., fig. 22.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1939. Guide to the Collections: Ancient and Oriental Art--Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman Far Eastern, Near Eastern Oriental Armor, Vol. 1, World's Fair Edition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1939. Augustan Art: An Exhibition Commemorating the Bimillennium of the Birth of Augustus. p. 10, fig. 24, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Hill, Dorothy Kent. 1939. "A Cache of Bronze Portraits of the Julio-Claudians." American Journal of Archaeology, 43(3): p. 406.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 1. no. 14, p. 2, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 29, p. iii, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1950. Small Sculptures in Bronze: A Picture Book. p. 20, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hafner, German. 1954. Späthellenistische Bildnisplastik; Versuch einer landschaftlichen Gliederung. pp. 17ff., 27, pl. 4, Berlin: Gebr. Mann.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: Dutton.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 73, pp. 100-1 , Karlsruhe: Müller.

Bieber, Margarete. 1977. Ancient Copies: Contributions to the History of Greek and Roman Art. pp. 43, 52 n. 22, 190-1, figs. 783-5, New York: New York University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 73, pp. 100-1, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 15, pp. 35, 205, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Frielinghaus, Heide. 2002. "Busch und Schmuckaufsatz an den Helmen in Olympia." I bronzi antichi : produzione e tecnologia : atti del XV Congresso internazionale sui bronzi antichi organizzato dall'Università di Udine, sede di Gorizia, Grado-Aquilieia, 22-26 maggio 2001, Alessandra Giumlia-Mair, ed. Montagnac [France]: M. Mergoil.

Hemingway, Seán, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and R. Stone. 2002. "The Early Imperial Bronze Statue of a Boy in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Technical and Stylistic Analysis." I bronzi antichi : produzione e tecnologia : atti del XV Congresso internazionale sui bronzi antichi organizzato dall'Università di Udine, sede di Gorizia, Grado-Aquilieia, 22-26 maggio 2001, Alessandra Giumlia-Mair, ed. pp. 200-7, figs. 1-9, Montagnac [France]: M. Mergoil.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 405, pp. 351, 485, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. p. 77, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Daehner, Jens M. and Dr. Kenneth Lapatin. 2015. Potere e Pathos: Bronzi del Mondo Ellenistico cat. 35, pp. 260-1, Firenze: Giunti.

Daehner, Jens M. and Dr. Kenneth Lapatin. 2015. Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World cat. 35, pp. 260-1, Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Picón, Carlos A. and Seán Hemingway. 2016. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World no. 260, pp. 308-9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Bronze statuette of Hermes

Date: 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1971.11.11 On view in:Gallery 164

Bronze statuette of Jupiter

Date: 2nd half of 2nd century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1997.159 On view in:Gallery 168

Bronze statuette of a boy in Eastern dress

Date: mid-late 1st century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 49.11.3 On view in:Gallery 164

Bronze statuette of a philosopher on a lamp stand

Date: late 1st century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 10.231.1 On view in:Gallery 162

Bronze statue of the emperor Trebonianus Gallus

Date: A.D. 251–253 Medium: Bronze Accession: 05.30 On view in:Gallery 169