The Infant Nero

This portrait was commissioned as a copy of the infant Nero” by an Englishman named C. Noël 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.

Title
The Infant Nero
Artist
Date
modeled 1843
Location
Dimensions
19 3412 148 18 in. (50.231.020.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Portrait male – Nero – bust
  • Portrait male – Nero – child
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
Object Number
1968.155.92
Palette
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