Project requested by: juankybates, Boffa994, Wednesday's Child, Mazen Mazen
Emperor Nero (b. December 15, 37 AD - June 9, 68 AD) was the 5th and final emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina the Younger, who was Caligula's sister. While popular with the lower class, his political peers and opponents found him increasingly deplorable, and was declared a public enemy by the Senate shorty before his murder.
ARTIST NOTES: Historically it has been agreed upon that Nero took after his father's features to some extent, particularly the aspects of being stocky to corpulent with a thick neck. He had otherwise been described as having "regular" features which were neither remarkable nor unremarkable with light, weak blue eyes and light blonde hair.
The many busts identified to be Nero changed considerably in appearance depending on the sculptor. The main features which made an appearance in each bust regardless, however, were rather flat, frowning eyebrows, full lips, thick face and double chin, so these features I included in my reconstruction. There was no real agreement on the shape of his nose or the character of his hair (curly or just wavy) so my result just averaged out the various options. Though he is shown to be bearded in some instances (presumably it seemed to attempt to reduce the appearance of the double chin), I decided to shave him for this particular portrait to get the full facial structure.