His head turning slightly to the left, deep set eyes gaze out from beneath a furrowed brow. Aquiline nose with long moustache frames his parted lips. He has thick locks of wavy hair, a curling beard and sharp cheek bones. On an integral herm-like bust with two rectangular recesses and dowel holes to the shoulders. Small chips to the end of the nose, a triangular section to the base of the right rear shoulder restored.
Hermarchus (c.340-after 270 BC) was a philosopher and a disciple of Epicurus, succeeding him as head of the Epicurean school. The portrait has been identified thanks to a bronze copy found in Herculaneum, which bore an inscription naming the individual as Hermarchus of Mytilene.
Fulvio Orsini (1529-1600), Palazzo Farnese, Rome, Italy
Private collection, UK; acquired in the late 1970s-early 1980s
David Cambridge, Cheltenham, UK
Private collection, France; acquired 1999-2000