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Source Image: PR221_02_23 of Cancelleria Reliefs of Vatican Museums: Reliefs

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Description

Detail of the Cancelleria Relief depicting the adventus of Vespasian. now in the Vatican Museum.

Monument
Vatican Museums: Reliefs 
Monument Part
Cancelleria Reliefs 
Monument Type
Relief 
Material(s)
 
Date
circa ad 93 - circa ad 97 
Keywords
HeadVespasianAllegorical Figure  
Collections
Vatican Museums, Rome  

Location

Original Location
Rome 
Current Location
Vatican Museums 

Evidence for working practices

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Drill
Method
Vertical (90°)
Description
Drilling can be seen in the hair of the Genius of the Roman People on the left and the cornucopia he is holding.

1. - Toolmarks

Process
Detailing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
Vespasian's short hair is worked with the flat chisel.

2. Toolmarks

Process
Smoothing
Tool
Flat Chisel
Method
Angle: Shallow (40-50°)
Force: Gentle
Description
The background is smoothed with the flat chisel.

Notes

A clear difference in style can be seen between the facial features of the allegorical figure in this detail and the portraits on the same relief, notably that of Vespasian. Either there were different carvers responsible for these heads or a different style was consciously used for different subjects.

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