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Getty | Art Break: Where is the Person in the Portrait?

July 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The people depicted in ancient Roman portrait sculptures are often difficult to identify, and suggestions of possible identities can sometimes tell us more about the museums displaying them. For over a decade, Los Angeles artist Ken Gonzales-Day has explored Roman portraits with an interest in interpretation, personhood, and the dynamics of racial stereotypes. Focusing on the marble bust of a young child, Gonzales-Day and antiquities curator Jens Daehner discuss the search for real people behind ancient portraits.
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Image: Untitled, Ken Gonzales-Day, 2009. Photograph. (Portrait of a child, AD 150–200, Roman. Marble, J Paul Getty Museum). Courtesy of the artist and Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles