Portrait of an old woman Artist: Unknown

ca. A.D. 280–340

Ancient Art

On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art



13 7/8 × 9 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (35.2 × 24.13 × 26.67 cm)

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Ruth Elizabeth White Fund

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3rd–4th century


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Purportedly acquired by Ugo Donati, Molinazzo di Monteggio, Ticino, Switzerland, late 1950s–early 1960s [see note 1]; by descent to his grandson, Stefano Donati (Donati Arte Classica), Lugano, Switzerland; sold to Phoenix Ancient Art, S.A., Geneva, by about 2000; sold to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2008

Note 1: Attestation from Stefano Donati, Donati Arte Classica, Lugano, Switzerland, February 28, 2008, copy in accession file

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  • Susan B. Matheson and Jerome Jordan Pollitt, Old Age in Greek and Roman Art (New Haven, Conn: Yale University Art Gallery, 2022), 100, 222, no. 81, ill
  • "Acquisitions 2009," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009), 143, ill
  • Hartwin Brandt, Wird auch silbern mein Haar : Eine Geschichte des Alters in der Antike (München: C.H. Beck, 2002), 199–200, fig. 67
  • Hans Jucker and Dietrich Willers, Gesichter: Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus Schweizer Besitz, exh. cat. (Bern: Archa¨ologisches Seminar der Universita¨t Bern, 1983), 194-95, no. cat. no. 81, ill
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