Portraiture of Faustina the Elder
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Wife of Antoninus Pius
Mother of Faustina the Younger
Step-mother of Marcus Aurelius
Niece of Hadrian
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See also: Faustina's Nose Job, our analysis of the restoration of the statue of Faustina at the Getty Villa.
1, 2: Fragment of Faustina (?) head in the Palazzo Massimo, Museo Nazionale Romano.
3: Bust of Faustina the Elder from the villa of Antoninus Pius in Lanuvio. Museo Capitolino inv. MC447.
4: Postumous portrait of Faustina found in 1874, near the Horti di Maecenas on the Esquiline Hill, Rome. Museo Capitolino (Montemartini), MC inv. 1083.
5-9: Colossal bust of Faustina from the Round Room in the Vatican Museum
10: Vatican Museum, head, inventory no. unknown.
11: Early portrait (~138-150, on non-original bust) of Faustina in Luni marble. Found in 1880 in the vicinity of Via Principe Eugenio. Museo Capitolino inv. MC851.
12- 18: Statue of Faustina in the Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. Getty inv. 70.AA.113. This larger-than-life (82 inches) Getty statue uses a standardized body type, the "Large Herculaneum Woman", with a conventional portrait head of Faustina from fairly late in her life. The statue, possibly posthumous, is from Asia Minor.
19-20: Our digitally-rendered adjustments to the nose restoration of the Getty Faustina. We have applied facial proportions measured on the Lanuvio head (photo 3) to the Getty head and (digitally) given her a new nose, which might be closer to the original nose of the Getty statue. For details of this analysis, see this page on the nose restoration of the Getty statue.
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