The draped toga, the most characteristic form of male dress among the Romans, was assumed at the time when a young man came of age and took on adult responsibilities. This statue is thought to represent the young Nero at about fifteen years of age when he was adopted by the emperor Claudius. Nero can be recognized by his wide forehead, small chin, projecting ears, and hair arranged in bangs. In later life as emperor, he developed double chins and a reputation for debauchery, indications of which are not yet evident in this youthful portrait.
Artist Roman
  • Statue of the Young Nero Wearing a Toga
  • Togate Statue of the Young Nero (alternate title)
Date ca. 50 CE
Medium marble
Dimensions Overall: 56 3/4 × 19 1/4 × 15 1/4 in. (144.1 × 48.9 × 38.7 cm)
Including base: 92 in. × 39 3/4 in. × 35 3/4 in. (233.7 × 101 × 90.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Hill Memorial Fund, William H. Murphy Fund, Slovak Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund, General Endowment Fund, Miscellaneous Gifts Fund, with contributions from Erick Bergmann, Benjamin Goldberg, C. J. Glasgow Company, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Gruber, J. M. Pincus Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Manoogian, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore O. Yntema
Accession Number 69.218
Department Greco-Roman and Ancient European
On View Ancient Greek and Roman S202, Level 2 (see map)
said to be from the vicinity of ancient Cremna, north of Antalya (Atteleia).
1969-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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