Capitoline Antinous, ca. 130-138 AD
After Unidentified Roman sculptor
RA Collection: Art
Antinous, the young Greek companion of Hadrian drowned in the Nile while travelling in the Emperor's entourage in 130 AD. Devastated his death, Hadrian ordered that Antinous should be worshipped as a god. He founded the Egyptian town of Antinopolis amongst others and had hundreds of temples and statues made in his honour.
This is a cast after the marble 'Capitoline Antinous', which was found at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli. In 1733, it was one of a group of statues bought by Pope Clement XII from the collection of Cardinal Albani and displayed in the Capitoline Museum. Pietro Bracci (1700-1773) restored figure's left arm and leg before 1733. A cast of it is depicted in E.F. Burney's drawing 'The Antique School at New Somerset House' (ca. 1780), which is in the Royal Academy collection.
1850 mm x 570 mm x 700 mm
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