Ancient Art
Subject: Cn. Pompeius Magnus

Portrait of Cn. Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great), modern forgery

20th century

Thasian marble

28.5 × 23.5 × 13 cm (11 1/4 × 9 1/4 × 5 1/8 in.)
Gift of Elizabeth G. Field in memory of Frank E. Brown
Not on view
20th century

Frank E. Brown, acquired in Rome in 1948; said to have been found during the subway excavations, in the Piazza dell'Esquilino in the diggings for the station behind Santa Maria Maggiore; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., on loan since 1963, acquired from the above, 1988.


Mimi Gardner Gates, “Director’s Report 1988,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (Spring 1989): 121.

John Coolidge and G. M. A. Hanfmann, eds., Ancient Art in American Private Collections: A Loan Exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, exh. cat. (Cambridge, Mass.: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1954), 29, no. 174, PL. LII, fig. 174.

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