Young Octavian

  • Edmonia Lewis, Young Octavian, ca. 1873, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.95.180

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Young Octavian, or Augustus, shows the adopted heir of Julius Caesar. It is a copy of a sculpture in the Vatican galleries that dates from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Many artists copied this piece, and it became so popular that tourists could even order reproductions from a catalogue. Edmonia Lewis’s version was considered to be one of the best available, as described by a descendant of one of her patrons: “[It] seemed to all of us the best reproduction of the original then offered by any artist in Rome.”
Title
Young Octavian
Artist
Date
ca. 1873
On View
Dimensions
16 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (42.5 x 21.0 x 15.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – other – aristocrat
  • Portrait male – Octavian – bust
  • Figure male – child – bust
  • History – ancient – Rome
Object Number
1983.95.180
Palette
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