Fragment of a Portrait Head of Antinous

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

130/38

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This portrait depicts Antinous (about 111–130), the young lover of Emperor Hadrian (reigned 117–38). His characteristic facial features include an oval face, smooth complexion, almond-shaped eyes, and full lips, as well as his distinctive hairstyle of thick, wavy locks radiating from the crown of his head. This sculpture is a fragment from a larger whole, and for many years it was unclear what form the original, intact work had taken. Recent scholarship indicates that it once belonged to an over-life-size bust of Antinous currently in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 152

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Fragment of a Portrait Head of Antinous

Origin

Italy

Date

130 AD–138 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

31.7 × 31 × 17 cm (12 1/2 × 12 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1924.979

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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