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The Infant Nero

modeled 1843 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 19 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (50.2 x 31.0 x 20.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.92 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17B


Luce Center Label

This portrait was commissioned as a “copy of the infant Nero” by an Englishman named C. Noel Welman. In contrast to many of his ideal sculptures, Hiram Powers modeled this piece to resemble the realistic style of Roman portraiture. Welman asked for a bust with no drapery, but evidently Powers ignored this request and the young child is shown with a Greek himation, or cloak, covering his shoulders.

Keywords

Dress - historic - classical dress

Portrait male - Nero - bust

Portrait male - Nero - child

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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