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Capitoline Beauty

Capitoline Beauty




8.5″ W x 11″ H (21.59 cm W x 27.94 cm H)
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11″ W x 17″ H (27.94 cm W x 35.56 cm H)
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24″ W x 36″ H (60.96 cm W x 91.44 cm H)
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Capitoline Beauty

Pen & ink Fine Art Reproduction


This pen and ink drawing is based on a marble portrait bust of a young Flavian woman, possibly Vibia Matidia (85-165 AD), in the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Italy. The subject is young and beautiful with a remarkable hair style. It’s unclear if this was her real hair, a wig or a hair extension. The style is extremely elaborate. It must have taken hours to accomplish. Romans considered hair an erotic part of the human body and an important part of how a woman presented herself. How one dressed one’s hair was an indication of a person’s status and role in society. Clearly, this woman was upper class. The work would have been done by slaves called ornatices.

Vibia Matidia

Vibia Matidia, or Matidia Minor, was the daughter of Salonia Matidia from her second marriage. Her mother was the emperor Trajan’s niece. Her half-sister, Vibia Sabina, became empress and wife of Hadrian. Hadrian was also her third cousin. After her father’s death in 85, Matidia was raised in the imperial household. Matidia never married, nor did she have any children. Yet she was a very wealthy, cultured, and influential woman. When her sister became empress, she would often travel with her and her brother-in-law. Matidia underwrote the restoration of the theatre of Sessa Aurunca which was probably damaged by an earthquake during the reign of Antoninus Pius (138-161). Her generosity was commemorated with a statue there. Matidia lived to an advanced age and outlived most of her relatives. In her later years, she was very close to her great-nephew, the future Princeps Marcus Aurelius and his family. Marcus Aurelius would sometimes allow his daughters to stay with his great-aunt. Trajan gave her a villa.

About The Artist, Zygmunt Michalski

Zygmunt (Zyggi) Michalski began drawing from a very young age. He majored in art at Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world (established in 1364). There, he studied painting and drawing with Krystyna Wróblewska—member of the Polish Academy of Sciences—a well-regarded painter, graphic artist and book designer. Her work and career have appeared in academic books such as Archiwum Sztuki Polskiej XX Wieku and Tom 2 Twórczość Krystyny Wróblewskiej. She herself studied under the famous painter Ludomir Slendzinski. Michalski also studied under Professor Wiktor Zin at the Architecture Department, University of Krakow. Dr. Zin was a widely published author and a designer of many churches internationally and in Poland. He was a well-known TV personality.

Michalski worked with Zin at the Polish Studios for the Conservation of Cultural Property. Michalski is equally adept at pen and ink drawing and oil painting. He can paint in various styles and is particularly interested in historical and surrealistic subject matter. He is also very strong in portraiture. Zygmunt Michalski has executed more than 25 pieces of art for Pro Romanis. You can see some of Zyggi’s other work at