Female bust

Inv. Scu 680

The female bust, clad in tunic and cloak, is cut down below the breast.
The elongated face, slightly turned to the right, is characterized by wide eyes with heavy eyelids and tight lips.

The wavy hair, parted in the middle, is drawn straight to the back where it is twisted in a knob. The coiffure, which became fashionable with the portraits of Faustina minor and Lucilla, dates the portrait to the late Antonine age.

Formerly in the collection of cardinal Alessandro Albani, the bust was acquired for the Capitoline Museum in 1733. Before being moved to the actual location, the sculpture was displayed in the Salone of the Palazzo Nuovo.