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Marble statue of a youth on horseback, Roman, made in Italy AD 1-50

Possibly a prince of the Roman imperial family. The statue portrays a young man mounted on a horse: he is shown heroically naked except for his military cloak
(paludamentum). The statue was found in or near Rome in the sixteenth century, was then restored by Giacomo della Porta, and from 1652 stood in the Palazzo
Farnese. Restorations include the youth's arms and three of the horse's legs.

Equestrian statues such as this were not common in antiquity, so the subject was clearly a person of some importance. The boy's facial features and hairstyle
resemble those of members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Roman emperors, in particular the emperors and princes of the first half of the first century AD.
2007