For some reason one of my most popular posts was about busts of Roman emperors at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Turns out the place that has even more busts of Roman emperors is Italy — specifically, the Uffizi in Florence. Here are a few.
Here’s Claudius, not looking very happy:
Here’s Domitian, who was awful:
Here’s Marcus Aurelius, who wasn’t awful:
Here’s Caligula. Does he look like he’s insane?
Here’s Tiberius, who was a perv:
Here’s Julius Caesar, who wasn’t an emperor, but c’mon, this is a pretty interesting bust. I wouldn’t want to mess with this guy:
And Cicero, who also wasn’t an emperor:
I don’t know how lifelike these busts are, of course, but they sure seem lifelike. These are real people, staring out at us across 2000 years of history.