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THE EMPRESS SALONINA

Reproduced from the Holkham marble  purchased in Rome from the Palazzo Barberini by Matthew Brettingham for Thomas Coke, together with a bust of Aelius Verus, for 100 crowns. Shipped to England on 2nd February, 1754, it was described by Brettingham as a good antique bust of Empress Salonina.

A charming young lady demurely tilts her head to her left, gazingupwards. The whole effect is delightful, and the work has more charm and expression than many portraits of Roman ladies. Salonina Augusta  was the wife  of  the Emperpor Gallienus, who ruled Rome from AD 253 until 268 when they were both murdered at the siege of  Mediolanum (Milan). Followers of the philosopher  Plotinus, they proposed the creation of a city of philosophers near to Rome. Salonina's sons Valerian II and Saloninus both succeeded Gallienus as emperor.

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Height   71cm   31.25''            
                             
Width   48cm   13''            
                             
Depth   43.8cm   17.25''        
                 
 
 
   

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