Portrait of Vespasian

Portrait of Vespasian

Date ca. 75 CE

Movement Roman

Medium Marble

Dimensions life-size

Housed at Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome

 

Vespasian is thought to have returned to the veristic style as a way to reinstate social order after a year of civil war before his reign. Although he wears a slight smile, his brow is furrowed and lines crease his face, a sharp turn from the smooth facial planes found in depictions of Augustus.