Hadrian's Villa, Roman Portraiture

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Imperial portraits of Hadrian’s successors

This month’s sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa are portraits of Roman emperors and empresses who rose to power after Hadrian. After the death of Hadrian in 138 AD, the villa was occasionally used by his various successors. Busts of the emperors Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus, Septimius Severus and Caracalla have been found on the [...]

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Galatia, Hadrian, Museum, Turkey

The cuirassed statue of Hadrian from Ancyra’s theatre (Ankara, Turkey)

Hadrian and his travels have often served as the guiding thread for my travels. However my recent trip to Turkey had a different focus, the Hittite civilization, with one of the highlight being a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. After dazzling at the magnificent artifacts on display on the main floor [...]

Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Photography, Roman Portraiture

The Nerva-Antonines in Florence

The Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. In addition to Renaissance masterpieces including works from Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, the Uffizi houses one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Roman and Greek statues. The Medicis' interest in ancient art started [...]

Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty

Marble head of Hadrian with laurel wreath, from Carthage (North Africa), dating from circa 128 AD

Mixed portraiture type: Baiae & Imperatori 32. The photograph was taken during the exhibition "L'image et le pouvoir. Le siècle des Antonins" (Image and power. The age of the Antonines) at the Musée Saint-Raymond in Toulouse (France). The head is currently in storage at the Louvre, Paris. Inv. Ma 1187


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.

Antinous, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Museum, Nerva–Antonine dynasty

Hadrian and his beloved Antinous, Glyptothek, Munich

Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Pamphylia, SPQR, Turkey

Statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica (Civic Crown), from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

Inv. no. 3861-3863 Baiae portrait sculptural type. The emperor is depicted here as a nude hero. A paludamentum is draped over his left shoulder and arm. In his left hand is the sheath and sword and he wears a laurel wreath on his head.

Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, SPQR

Marble, colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, found in Athens, AD 130-138, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, made of pentelic marble. It was found in Athens. The emperor wears a wreath of oak leaves that end above his forehead in a medallion representing an eagle. The holes in the hoop of the wreath were used to inlay golden leaves. Height 0,55 m. Source http://www.namuseum.gr/collections/sculpture/roman/roman08-en.html More [...]