Do not attempt a staring contest with this dude. He's the MFA's newest visitor, the Capitoline Brutus, a larger-than-life bronze bust dating to about 300 BC. Identified as L. Junius Brutus, the founder of the Roman Republic (not the Caesar-stabbing guy), he gets his eerie gaze from the original glass-and-ivory eyes. What's not original: his lack of a body. Created as a full standing or equestrian statue, he was chopped down to size after being discovered in the 16th century — a rare find, as such bronze statues were often melted down to make armor. Arriving on January 18 and on view until May 1, he's being loaned by Rome's Capitoline Museums as part of the 2013 "Year of Italian Culture in the United States" and "Dream of Rome" initiatives, meant to enhance the bond between the boot and the States. It's a slightly creepy courting gift, Italy, but we'll take it.
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