I came, I saw, I photographed… follow me in the footsteps of Hadrian!
Portraits of Hadrian
In search of the 150 surviving portraits of Hadrian… 98 portraits gathered so far (2 are disputed – Renatus type).
Hadrian was a pleasant man to meet and he possessed a certain charm. Dio Cassius, 69, 2.6
Marble head of Hadrian on a modern bust (type: Variant of Stazione Termini), from Rome?, Palazzo Altemps, Rome
Fragmented head of Hadrian in alabaster on a modern bust (type: Imperatori 32), sculpture head: Hadrianic period; bust 18th century, the head has been restored with marble, Musei Capitolini, Rome
Bust of Hadrian wearing a wreath of oak leaves with, AD 130-138, Athens Archaeological Museum
Marble head of Hadrian, from Italy, 128 AD, type: Imperatori 32, Museo Civico, Fossombrone, Italy
uirassed bust of Hadrian (type: Baiae), from Italy, Palazzo Colonna, Rome
Nude bust of Hadrian with paladamentum (type: Chiaramonti 392), from Italy (perhaps from Bovillae), Palazzo Colonna, Rome
Marble bust of Hadrian found in 2014 near Yecla (Spain).
Marble head of Hadrian from Mérida (Spain).
Cuirassed bust of Hadrian found in Nevers (Noviodunum), France. Type: Baies
Marble portrait of Hadrian, before 130 AD, Mausoleum of Hadrian, Rome
Cuirassed statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica. From Perga, Antalya Museum.
Statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica (Civic Crown), from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum
Cuirassed statue of Hadrian, from Perga, around 121 AD, Antalya Museum
Statue of Hadrian, Ancient Agora of Athens
Marble torso of the Emperor Hadrian in military dress, from Cyrene, ca. 130-138, British Museum
Cuirassed paludamentum bust of Hadrian, from Baiae (Italy), ca. 127 AD, now in Blenheim Palace UK
Marble bust of the emperor Hadrian wearing military dress, from Hadrian’s Villa, AD 117-118, British Museum
Hadrian, from Rome, 125-138 AD, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Marble bust of Hadrian with paludamentum (type: Rollockenfrisur), from Italy, Neues Museum, Berlin
Statue of Hadrian in armour (what remains of it), from the Odeon of Corinth, partly reconstructed, Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth
Fragment of a colossal statue of Hadrian wearing a cuirass with a barbarian kneeling a this feet, from the temple area, Hierapolis Archaeology Museum, Turkey
Fragmentary bust of Hadrian, from the area of Santa Bibiana at Termini station, ca. 117-120, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome
Fragmentary portrait head of Hadrian, from the Agora of Athens, AD 130-140, National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Marble head of Hadrian, Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne
Head of Hadrian, Glyptothek, Munich
The head of the colossal marble statue of Hadrian found at the Sagalassos Roman Baths complex in 2007, Burdur Museum
Bust portrait of Emperor Hadrian, the bust portrays Hadrian as an elderly man, around AD 130, from the Horti Tauriani, Musei Capitolini, Rome
Head of Hadrian on a modern bust, from Hadrian’s Mausoleum, National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome
Marble bust of Hadrian, from Hadrian’s Mausoleum. (National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome)
Marble head of Hadrian on a bust in alabaster from the Antonine period (type: Rollockenfrisur), Musei Capitolini, Rome
Bust of Hadrian, 130 AD, National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid
Marble portrait bust of the emperor Hadrian, found in the temple of the Olympieion, Athens ca. AD 130, National Archaeological Museum of Athens
Head of Hadrian wearing a wrealth of laurel leaves, discovered in 1988 to the South of the Roman Agora, between AD 128/129 or 131/132, Library of Hadrian, Athens
Bust of Hadrian, 2nd century, from Rome, Capitoline Museums
Colossal head of Hadrian (Chiaramonti 392 type), from excavations in Ostia, Museo Pio Clementino, Sala a Croce Greca, Vatican Museums
Bust of Hadrian (Chiaramonti 392 type), from Hadrian’s Mausoleum, possibly created following the emperor’s death in 138 AD, Vatican Museums
Bust of Hadrian, from 117 until 138 AD, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Capitoline Museums
Marble head with laurel wreath – Mixed portraiture type: Baiae & Imperatori 32 (currently in storage at the Louvre, Paris)
Hadrian Statue from Troia IX (BC 85 AD 450), found in the Odeon, Troy (Ilium), Canakkale Museum Turkey
Partially restored statue of Hadrian, from the Nymphaeum of Herodes Atticus at Olympia, Olympia Archaeological Museum, Greece
Bronze head of Hadrian, from Egypt, Musée du Louvre
Bronze head from a statue of the Emperor Hadrian, Romain Britain, British Museum
Statue of the Emperor Hadrian (117 – 138 AD), depicted as a terrible conqueror tramping over a defeated enemy, found in Crete, Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Fragmented statue of a cuirassed Roman emperor (possibly Hadrian) with a kneeling barbarian, found at Miletus in front of the Market Gate, early 2nd century AD (reign of Hadrian / 120-130 AD), Pergamon Museum Berlin
Colossal heroic statue of Hadrian, from Italica, Paros marble, Museum of Archaeology, Seville
Hadrian, from Heraklion (Crete), Musée du Louvre
Head of Hadrian from Tarragone, Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona
Statue of Hadrian as Mars, god of Mar, from Rome, AD 117–125, Capitoline Museums
Statue of Emperor Hadrian, found alongside that of his wife Sabina in the Roman theatre, Vaison-la-Romaine
Hadrian bust wearing the cuirass, AD 130, Naples National Archaeological Museum
Hadrian wearing the chlamys, between 132 & 138 AD, Naples National Archaeological Museum
Upper part of a larger than life statue of Hadrian found in the harbour of Piraeus, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, Greece.
Presumed head of Hadrian, Musée de l’Arles antique
Bust of Hadrian, Musei Capitolini, Rome
Bust of Emperor Hadrian, 120 – 130 AD, Altes Museum
Bust of Hadrian (Chiaramonti 392 type), from Villa Adriana (Tivoli), Vatican Museums
Head of Hadrian, from Italy, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Bust of Hadrian (?), 134 AD, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Bust of Hadrian, 134 AD, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Porphyry statue of Hadrian, Caesarea
Bronze statue of Hadrian, found at the Camp of the Sixth Roman Legion in Tel Shalem. Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze, Israel Museum.
Cuirassed statue of Hadrian, Type: Imperatori 32, from Italy, Hampton Court Palace, London
Statue velato capite of Hadrian (maybe) as pontifex maximus.
Bust of Hadrian, 117-121 AD, Type: Termini, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Colossal head of Hadrian on modern bust, from Crete?, ca. 138 AD, Venice Museo Archeologico
Colossal portrait of Hadrian, Luni Marble, 140 AD (posthumous), Galleria Borghese, Rome
Cuirassed bust of Hadrian with paludamentum (recut in modern times), of the so-called Imperiatori 32 type, from Italy, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Austria
Small marble head of Hadrian, found in the Sanctuary of Apollo in Klaros, Izmir Museum of History and Art, Turkey
Portrait from an acrolith-statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian, from the Trajaneum in Pergamon, early 2nd century AD, Pergamon Museum
Hadrian, Thasian Marble, from the lime kiln of the Caseggiato di Serapide, 2nd century AD, Ostia Antica, Italy
Bust of Hadrian, Type: Busti 283, from Italy, World Museum, Liverpool
Headless statue of Hadrian wearing a cuirass with a kneeling hostage, Archaeological Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece
Imperial group as Mars and Venus; the male figure is a portrait of Hadrian, the female figure was reworked into a portrait of Annia Lucilla (?). Marble, Roman artwork, ca. 120–140 AD, reworked ca. 170–175 AD, Louvre Museum
Torso of a colossal statue of Hdrian wearing a breastplate, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, Greece.
Fragmented head of Hadrian, Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
Head of Hadrian, of the so-called Chiaramonti 392 type, from Ephesus, found among the ruins of the The Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates, Ephesos Museum Vienna, Austria
Head of Hadrian, from the so-called Chiaramonti 392 type, from Italy, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria
Top part of the head of a cuirassed statue of Hadrian found in the Roman theatre of Ancyra (Ankara), Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara
Fragments of a cuirassed statue of Hadrian.
Headless statue of Hadrian. He is shown as a triumphant army commander with a cuiras. Found in Gortyna, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Headless statue of Hadrian. He is shown as a triumphant army commander with a cuirass. Found in Knossos Villa of Dionysos, peristyle house of the Roman period. Now in the gardens of Villa Ariadne, Knossos.
Headless statue of Hadrian wearing the military cuirass, found in Kissamos (Cisamus) in the vicinity of the Roman theatre, Kissamos Archaeological Museum
Marble head of Hadrian (type Imperatori 32), traces of colour are preserved at the iris of the eyes, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Head of a cuirassed statue of Hadrian. Found at the Sancturary of Diktynna (Diktynnaion) in 1913, Chania Archaeological Museum, Crete.
Head of Hadrian, found at the Sancturary of Diktynna (Diktynnaion) in 1913, Chania Archaeological Museum, Crete
Thorax of a posthumous cuirassed statue of Hadrian, from an Antonine reconstruction of the theatre’s scaena frons of Philadelphia, Amman
Hadrian, New Wing (Braccio Nuovo), Chiaramonti Museum, Vatican Museums
Bust of Hadrian from Castiglione della Pescaia (Serrata Martini), Museo Archeologico e d’Arte della Maremma, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
Marble head of Hadrian Rome, AD 128-138 Provenance: Charles Ede Ltd, bought in 1971 from the Maison Evangelisti / Ancient collection Bouzid-Guiga, Paris / Phoenix Ancient Art S.A, Geneva
Head of Hadrian, Palazzo Trinci, Foligno, Italy
Head of Hadrian (?) as a young man sculpted toward the end of his reign, found at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.
Cuirassed statue of Hadrian, from Tyre, National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon.
Head of Hadrian with corona civica, from the south area of Beirut, American University of Beirut Museum, Lebanon
Head of Hadrian, Arco Santo, Capalbio, Italy.
Bust of emperor Hadrian, Alexandria National Museum, Egypt
Bust of Hadrian wearing a tunic and muscle cuirass decorated in the centre with a winged Gorgon’s head and bearded figures on the shoulder traps. From the so-called “Imperatori 32” portrait type, sculpted after AD 128. Formerly in Villa Albani.
Portrait head of Hadrian from Gabii (Italy), Louvre
Aventus Augusti relief; Roma and the personification of the senate and the people of Rome receive Hadrian into the city (the head & hands of Hadrian and the hands of Roma are restored), once part of a triumphal monument to Hadrian, Musei Capitolini, Rome
Hadrian as ruler of the world: Sardonyx cameo depicting an allegorical triumph of Hadrian crowned by Roma in a chariot pulled by eagles, originally made for Claudius around 50 AD and the head later reworked into a portrait of Hadrian in 117-118 AD, Altes Museum
Relief from the Arch of Portugal (Arco di Portogallo): Hadrian’s donation of food to Roman children, Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museums
Relief from the Arc of Portugal (Arco di Portogallo) representing the apotheosis of Sabina (wife of Hadrian), 136-138 AD, Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museums
Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus Pius, small Lucius Verus and Hadrian, a scene of a cycle “Adoption” of the Parthian frieze from Ephesus, the Parthian Monument reliefs, post 169 AD, Ephesos Museum Vienna, Austria
Sardonyx cameo of Hadrian, 2nd century AD, decorative mount of the late 16th century, Cabinet des Médailles, Paris
Terracotta figure of an emperor in military dress subduing an armed warrior, probably Hadrian, 118-135 AD, British Museum
Map of the current locations of the surviving portraits of Hadrian based on “Les portraits d’Hadrien: typologie et ateliers” Cécile Evers & German Archaeological Institute (DAI) http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/