Head of an athlete

Testa di atleta
1st-century A.D. copy of an original by Stephanos (1st century B.C.)
Material and technique: 
Insular marble
Gift from L. Pollak
Inv. MB 252

This small, badly damaged head is a copy of a sculpture signed by the artist Stephanos and preserved at Villa Albani. Stephanos, a pupil of Pasiteles, belonged to a famous school of artists operating in Rome in the first century B.C. and specialized in creating works in the classical tradition.

The hall

This room displays Roman artworks, plus some medieval pieces that wind up the long chronological itinerary through the Barracco collection.