Portrait of Britannicus (50 A.D.)
This portrait of a young man with a fleshy face is displayed in an oval niche. His eyes have thick. clearly incised lids; he has full lips and a promnent chin. His hair forms a compact mass of curls, which, departing from the back of his head, frame his forehead with a long fringe. This is Britannicus, son of Emperor Claudius and Messali- na. This unfortunate young man, a victim of the craving for power of his stepmother Agrippina and his adopted brother Nero, was poisoned in A.D. 55.