Young Octavian -- 2
(not in exhibition)

What we do know is that Lewis noted on this marble that it is a "facsimile" of a bust then on exhibit among ancient Roman portraits in the Salle de Busti in the Vatican Museum. The Young Octavian was extremely popular, and other American sculptors, such as Horatio Greenough, Harriet Hosmer, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, made copies of it. Cheap plaster reproductions could be purchased as well, ranging in size from five inches to two feet in height. Oddly, the Vatican bust now appears not to be an ancient Roman portrait but one executed earlier in the nineteenth century by the Italian Antonio Canova, or one of his pupils.




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