Views of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition, “A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts”. 
Credit: Art Institute of Chicago
Antinous, Exhibition, Museum, Roman Portraiture

A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts

An international team including members of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Palazzo Altemps Museum in Rome and the University of Chicago used new technologies to make an improbable discovery about two portraits of Antinous. The years of research that led to this discovery were the focus of an exhibition titled "A Portrait of Antinous, [...]


The Natalis Antinoi and the collegium of Diana and Antinous in Lanuvium

November 27 was the day when the Natalis Antinoi, the birthday of Antinous, was celebrated. Although the exact year of his birth is uncertain (c. 110-112 AD), an inscription found in scores of fragments in Lanuvio (Italy) attests November 27 (V a.d. Kalendas Decembres) as his date of birth. The marble inscription (CIL 14.2112) was [...]

Cartouche of Antinous.
Antinous, Epigraphy, Hadrian, Hadrian's Villa, Rome

The Obelisk of Antinous

While Hadrian was visiting the province of Egypt in late 130 AD, his favorite Antinous drowned mysteriously in the Nile River. This tragic event led to the creation of a new divinity: Osirantinous, or Antinous as a manifestation of Osiris, the god who died and was reborn. One of our best primary sources for information [...]

Tondi adrianei on the Arch of Constantine, Northern side - right lateral, LEFT: Lion hunt, RIGHT: Sacrifice to Hercules
Antinous, Hadrian, Italy, Roman art, Roman Portraiture, Rome

The Hadrianic Tondi on the Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine, dedicated on 25 July 315 AD, stands in Rome between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, at what was once the beginning of the Via Triumphalis. As described on its attic inscription, it commemorates Constantine’s victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge on 28 October 312 AD over the tyrant [...]

Memoirs of Hadrian has been translated into all the major wold languages.
Antinous, Exhibition, Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar and Hadrian in Bavay (France)

The Forum Antique de Bavay, located in northern France, is currently hosting a small exhibition devoted to the book Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian).  The exhibition sheds light on the genesis of Mémoires d'Hadrien and presents archaeological objects and ancient texts. It provides insight into the meticulous work behind Marguerite Yourcenar's historic novel, compiling postcards and photographs [...]

Antinous, Hadrian's Villa

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble head of Antinous

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of Antinous, one of the ten marble images of Antinous found there. This portrait of Antinous is conserved in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome. It is related to a coin type minted in the city of Adramyttium in Mysia (modern Edremit, Turkey) by [...]

Antinous, Hadrian's Villa, Museum, Roman Portraiture

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: The Lansdowne Antinous

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of Antinous depicted as the god Dionysos, the closest Greek equivalent to the Egyptian god Osiris. It was  unearthed in 1769 during excavations undertook by the art dealer and archaeologist Gavin Hamilton who secured it for Lord Lansdowne. The latter was an avid collector of [...]

Antinous, Museum, Mythology, Photography, Roman Portraiture

Statue of Antinous restored as Ganymede, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (UK)

An over life-size Parian marble statue of Antinous restored as Ganymede can be admired at the Lady Lever Art Gallery at Port Sunlight on the Wirral (near Liverpool, UK). Rediscovered in the late 18th century during a revival of interest for the Classical World, the statue of Antinous was purchased in Italy in 1796 by Thomas [...]

Antinous, Museum, Roman art, Rome

Antinous as Dionysus, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Inv. N° 1960, exhibited in the Central Hall. Found ca. 1700 in the Garden of the now-demolished Villa Casali in Rome. Called the "Antinous Casali," after its origin. «Der Kopf wird von vielen für den schönsten gehalten» (Friedrich von Ramdohr, 1787)


Marble bust of Antinous, circa AD 130, Glyptothek Museum, Munich

The classical features of the face and body as well as the thick, curly hair are sensually rounded and smoothly formed. A strange melancholy pervades the completely impassive face.