Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog post: A Roman Emperor Sojourns at the Getty Villa

From the Getty blog (my thanks to David Saunders for sending the links):
A Roman Emperor Sojourns at the Getty Villa
By David Saunders on October 29, 2012 

The Roman emperor Tiberius, who ruled from A.D. 14 to 37, has something of a reputation for wanting to get away from it all. In 6 B.C., he stepped out of the political and military arena and settled for seven quiet years on the island of Rhodes. And famously, he retreated again in A.D. 27, this time as emperor, and removed himself from Rome to the idyllic island of Capri.
Statue of Tiberius, Roman, 1st century A.D. Bronze, 96 7/8 in. (246 cm) high. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro
Tiberius has now come to the Pacific Palisades—in the form of a huge bronze portrait statue, over two meters high. The statue is a new loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli), and its arrival marks another chapter in our ongoing collaboration with our colleagues in Naples. Last year we displayed the bronze Apollo Saettante in a special exhibition, Apollo from Pompeii: Investigating an Ancient Bronze. The Apollo had been off display for a number years, and we worked with Naples to investigate and conserve the statue (and it’s now back on view in Naples).
Read the full post and see more photos here.