Portrait of a Woman

Depicted on a greyish-green background is a young woman with head turned 3/4 to her right. Her hair, thick and black, is parted in the middle and drawn back, partially covering her ears. Her only jewellery consists of a pair of pearl earrings.

She wears a purple chiton decorated with two darker vertical stripes (clavi) with golden borders. Over this is an himation of diaphanous cloth.

The figure, particularly expressive, looks calmly at the viewer. The brush strokes, clear and precise, recall impressionism. To the extent that it is visible, her coiffure reflects the later portraits of the younger Faustina, Lucilla and Crispina.

E. Brouscari