Head of Mars

Testa di Marte
Late 1st - early 2nd century A.D.
Material and technique: 
Luni marble
Inv. MB 195

This head, much larger than life-size, derives from a high relief of a historical nature. The god is wearing a finely decorated helmet, on top of which is the she-wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, symbol of the origins of Rome. The formal features of the sculpture, which follows the model used for the figure of Mars on the Ara Pacis, make it possible to date it between the Flavian period and that of Trajan.

The hall

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