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Unidentified Roman sculptor, Capitoline Antinous

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.

Object details

Capitoline Antinous
Original in the Capitoline Museums, Rome
ca. 130-138 AD
Object type
Sculpture Cast
Plaster cast, early 19th century?

1850 mm x 570 mm x 700 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by The Prince Regent? 1816 ?
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