Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection




Plaster cast of a portrait bust of Agrippa. Original is housed in the Louvre in France, circa 25 BCE.

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Type of Artwork

Portrait bust

Time Period/Geographical Region

Renaissance Europe

Height (cm/in)

60.94 cm / 24 in

Width (cm/in)

33.02 cm / 13 in

Depth (cm/in)

25.4 cm / 10 in


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture


The Louvre's likeness of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, general and son-in-law of the emperor Augustus, is a marble Roman copy of a bronze original. There are several existing examples of this portrait bust, which may have originated in the large bronze statue of Agrippa located in the Pantheon in Rome. The Louvre's version is known for its skillful modeling and naturalistic appearance. Romans believed the character of a person was revealed in the profile, and that proper moral qualities were expressed in the structure of the classical Roman face. Agrippa, a renowned military man, was responsible for the victory over Mark Anthony. He was also a prolific architect. History remembers him for his attention to aqueducts, sewers, baths, and the Pantheon.



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