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The Moon and the Stars

Afterlife of a Roman Empress

Bettina Bergmann and Wendy M. Watson
Paperback, 27 pages

Focused on a single work in the Museum’s collection--a marble portrait bust of the Roman empress Faustina the Elder-- explores the ways in which public women were depicted in ancient times.  This substantial essay considers why likenesses of Faustina, on coins and portraits of various media, were so abundant after her death and the cultural significance of their reappearance in Western art and culture through several centuries.