Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques
Unknown Artist, ‘17TH-CENTURY ITALIAN PORTRAIT BUSTS’, 17th Century,  M.S. Rau Antiques

Depicting the Roman rulers of Otho and Tiberius, these remarkable busts date to the 17th century and exhibit the masterful sculptural qualities synonymous with Italian workmanship. The beautiful, slightly later carrera marble heads are precisely detailed and rest upon remarkably worked 17th-century alabaster forms the robed chest and shoulders of each commanding ruler. Phenomenal representations of powerful rulers of antiquity, marble busts of Roman emperors were highly regarded amongst the wealthy as symbols of prestige. To find an original pairing of this quality and condition is quite exceptional.

Similar busts can be found in the collections of Spain's Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hall of Emperors at the Palazzo Nuovo in Rome and the National Trust's Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, England.

18 1/2" wide x 12" deep x 26 1/4" high

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2017
Ganesha: The Playful Protector, Denver Art Museum, Denver
2017
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2016
Sites Eternels, RMN Grand Palais, Paris
2016
Epic Tales from India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
2016
The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, Legion of Honor, San Francisco
2015
Blue: Alchemy of a Colour, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2015
Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i, de Young Museum, San Francisco
2015
New for Now, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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