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Chiragan

Coins

During Roman times, the coin was an object of everyday life as it is today. People of all social categories came in contact with it. In addition to their economic function, coins are propaganda tools at the current regime’s disposal. Each new emperor had coins fabricated in his name upon his...

Marcus Aurelius

Adopted by Antoninus at Hadrien’s request, Marcus Aurelius will rule conjointly with Lucius Verus until the death of the latter in 169. Marcus Aurelius is in love with philosophy. His sensibility orients him toward stoicism, a method of thinking with a responsible or altruistic attitude. In the...

Augustus

This portrait of Augustus is also that of the first emperor in the history of Rome, heir and grand-nephew of Julius Cesar. Until the end of his reign, Augustus will be represented under this same image. In the last years of his life when he is over seventy-years-old, he will still appear as a man...

Minerva

Myron, the celebrated Greek sculptor of the fifth century BCE, chose to depict an episode in the history of Athena (Minerva to the Romans, goddess of wisdom, war, and artisanal craft and protector of Athens) and Marsyas, a satyr. The goddess invented the double flute, created with reeds. While...

Bacchus

This statuette represents the young god Bacchus, Dionysus to the Greeks. Its inspiration is taken from the style of Praxiteles, a celebrated Greek sculptor from the fourth century BCE. The long hair is pulled back over the forehead with a mitra, a strip of fabric which acted as a tiara and...

Venus from Martres-Toulouse

The Aphrodite from Knidos was created by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles, who lived during the fourth century BCE. This statue experienced a considerable success throughout Antiquity. Instead of being made of bronze, she was chiseled in marble from Paros island in the Aegean Sea. Nicias, a famous...

Maximian

This portrait represents Maximian Herculius. His striking features portray his power: the head which becomes narrow at the top, small eyes with a piercing look under heavy eyelids, protruding cheek bones, hollow cheeks, a strong lower jaw, and a very thick neck. This physique is close to that of...

Hercules and Geryon

The series of the Labors of Hercules is a unique ensemble that is a work from the same workshop where sculptors worked according to common principles from Asia Minor that were diffused in the West. The challenge that Geryon presents to Hercules leads us to the South of the Iberian Peninsula, in...

Hygieia and Aesculapius

The representation of a character on a circular support resembling a shield was highly valued during Roman times. Numerous medallions decorated the villa of Chiragan, generally depicting divinities from the Greco-Roman or oriental pantheon. The couple consists of depictions of Hygieia, who...

Unknown

The modernity of the volumes of this exceptional bust has always won attention. This portrait’s hairstyle does not have a known equivalent. The very long hair is gathered at the nape of the neck covering the temples and ears. Nearly all of the hair is enclosed in a veil that was probably thick...

Septimius Severus

The century of the Antonain dynasty ends in 192 with the assassination of Emperor Commodus.   After the short reigns of Pertinax and Didius Julianus, Septimius Severus inaugurates a new dynasty. Originally from Leptis Magna in Roman Africa, he will especially favor this city, considerably...

Young woman

This high-quality bust is very delicate. It belongs to a series of private effigies that can be located during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The soft eyes allow us to date this work before 130. Incision of the iris and the pupil does not appear before this date. The hairstyle is equally typical of...

Head of Vulcan

The god of fire and forges, Vulcan wears a large workman’s hat. His expression is striking, enhanced by an almost excessive mass of beard and hair with deep hollows among the clumps of hair sculpted with a trepan. This bust of Vulcan is displayed in Musée Saint-Raymond, Antiquities Museum of...

The Rape of Persephone

Relief of the Rape of Persephone Original kept at the Musée Saint-Raymond, Antiquities Museum of Toulouse Neo-Attic style; Early Roman Empire This work is a white marble sculpture that measures 43 to 46 centimeters with a thickness of four and half centimeters. Discovered at Martre-Tolosane...