As is evident from the Portrait of Nicolaas Rockox painted by Anthony van Dyck, this marble bust of Jupiter, the father of the gods of Roman mythology, was the collector’s pride and joy.
The distinctive modelling of the hair of the head and beard result in a subtle shadow effect which contrasts with the larger reflecting expanses used for the face, a characteristic feature of statuary art from the second half of the second century.
Like the other marble busts on display here, Jupiter also appears in the gallery painting Banquet in the House of Nicolaas Rockox by Frans Francken II.
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Jupiter, Roman, 2nd century CE
height 52,4 cm, width 22 cm, depth 22,5 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Inv.-No. NMsk 56
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