Portrait of a boy from the julio-claudian family

Ritratto di fanciullo della famiglia giulio-claudia
1st century A.D.
Material and technique: 
Luni marble
From Rome, Villa of Livia “ad gallinas albas” (Prima Porta)
Inv. MB 194

This small head, portraying a three-or four-year-old boy, came from the villa that Livia, the emperor Augustus’s wife, owned on the Via Flaminia, just outside Rome. The find site and the features of the face make it possible to identify the boy as a scion of the Julio-Claudian family.

The hall

This room displays Roman artworks, plus some medieval pieces that wind up the long chronological itinerary through the Barracco collection.