Torso of a Man, 1st-2nd century A.D.
136.8 x 59.7 x 49.5 cm (53 7/8 x 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.) (with base)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Hokin, 1972.1231
Ancient and Byzantine Art
Beginning in the 1st century A.D., it became increasingly popular among well-to-do Roman men to represent oneself in the guise of a Greek mythological hero. Such portraits, which typically paired a muscular, youthful body with a more mature, realistic portrait head, were intended to equate the individualÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs achievements and admirable qualities with those of the favored hero. This statue likely alluded to the Greek hero Diomedes, who played a pivotal role in the Trojan War by stealing the Palladium, a wooden image of the goddess Athena thought to protect the city of Troy from danger.
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As featured in this School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty profile: http://vimeo.com/84259836
Scanned with 123D Catch, cleaned up in Netfabb, and in one instance as base was added in Blender.