Hadrian's Villa, Italy, Museum, Mythology, Roman art, Roman villa

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring

"As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses: I was Chloris, who am now called Flora." Ovid This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and the season of spring. While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring

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Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, crouching at her bath. The original was made in the 3rd century BC and was representing Aphrodite surprised in her bath, with her arms covering herself. Aphrodite crouches with her right knee close to the ground, turns her head… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

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Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Apollo holding a lyre

This week's sculpture from Hadrian's Villa is a marble statue of Apollo (Apollo Citharoedus). It was found on the site of the round Temple of Venus (tholos) by the 18th century owner of the Villa, Conte Giuseppe Fede. The god is depicted with his attributes; the lyre and the sacred snake Python. The tree trunk around… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Apollo holding a lyre

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Picture of the day: The circular temple dedicated to the Venus of Knidos, Hadrian’s Villa (Tivoli, Italy)

The temple dedicated to the Venus of Knidos is a small circular temple with doric columns situated on the Temple Valley at Hadrian's Villa.  It belongs to the latest building phase at the villa, between AD 133 and 138. The circular plan of the central structure, the use of the Doric order, and the discovery of… Continue reading Picture of the day: The circular temple dedicated to the Venus of Knidos, Hadrian’s Villa (Tivoli, Italy)

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Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums

White, coarse-grained marble Height: 100 cm (plus socle) Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Sala Rontonda) Inv. 251 Provenance: Found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, 1790. Briefly exhibited in Paris from 1801 until the end of Napoleon's regime. The face of the emperor Hadrian's young "favourite" is framed by thick hair with thick, curly ringlets falling over the… Continue reading Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums