I have previously written a few things on here about Roman sculptor’s workshops and ancient repairs of statuary. As I was going through my photo files tonight, I came across this portrait of Septimius Severus with drillings for a ‘nose job’. This one is a modern repair though. Unlike the Prado, Madrid’s National Museum has decided to remove the modern noses of their portraits. They are likely to have a nice collection of them stacked away somewhere in their depots.
Septimius Severus in the Museo Arquelógico Nacional, Madrid. Photo: TMK, June 2005.