Bust of Britannicus

Bust of Britannicus the younger (12 février 41- 11 février 55)

After Antiques, in white marble, standing on a Portor marble molded pedestal.

Italie, époque fin du XVIIIème siècle.

Dimensions : H : 20 in – W : 14 in 

Britannicus is the son of Emperor Claudius and his third wife Valeria Messalina. Heir direct of the Emperor Claude, he died poisoned the day before his fourteen years. The story designates Nero, his adopted brother, as the sponsor of this assassination.

The Louvre keeps a marble sculpture presenting « The Empress Messaline carrying the child Britannicus ». 45 ap JC, near Rome, inventory MR280. 

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