Portrait of Faustina maior on a modern bust
Faustina the Elder ( 105-140 AD ) was officially elevated to the rank of deity by her husband, Emperor Antoninus Pius ( r. 138- 161 AD ), after her early death. The portrait shows her as a young woman on the threshold of becoming a matron with already slightly sagging cheeks and an approach to a double chin.
Her elaborate hairstyle was style-defining and was imitated by noble Roman women. In accordance with her rank, the portrait was given a particularly precious bust in Baroque Rome.
- Material & Technique
- c. 150/60 CE
- Inventory number
- Hm 384