Portrait of a Man, from Manganello

Portrait of a Man, from Manganello

Date 1st century BCE

Movement Etruscan

Medium Terra cotta

Height 12″

Provenance Manganello, Italy

Housed at Mueso Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome


Portraiture grew in popularity at around the same time as it did in Grecian culture, and was aided by the ease of workmanship that terra cotta provided—this lent to highly personalized sculptures. Here, the artist incorporates the subject’s traits: blonde hair, a crooked nose, wrinkle lines and protruding ears.