Portrait of Domitia Longina

Portrait of Domitia Longina

Date late 1st century CE

Movement Roman

Medium Marble

Height 24”

Housed at San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

 

Hairstyles changed rapidly in the Empire, and today serve as a useful technique for dating works. Domitia Longina, Vespasian’s niece, employed a masterful coiffure that, as depicted here, allows for a beautiful contrast between the textures of skin and hair, and a playful use of light and shadow amidst the hair’s tendrils.