Busted in the Louvre

Like many of the major museums in Europe, the Louvre has so many treasures that some, like these Roman busts, might escape attention.

You’ve just finished elbowing your way to the front of the crowd to get a glimpse of the smaller-than-you-expected Mona Lisa in a side room. Now you’re wandering down the length of the Italian Painting Gallery jam-packed with Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces. How are you expected to even see the Roman marble busts sitting among short columns in niches along the walls?

But there they are – Hadrian, Trajan and others – in all their glory. How many people actually notice them?

Here are just a few of the busts on display:

Young Marcus Aurelius
Faustina, wife of Marcus Aurelius
Woman from the time of Trajan