Bust of Antinous, 19th.c workshop plaster.
Antinous is the favorite of Emperor Hadrian. Because of his beauty, he drowned in the Nile under mysterious circumstances. He will be deified by the Egyptians who see in the drowned people of the Nile the servants of Osiris. Hadrian founded Antinoupolis on the banks of the river and encouraged the new religion by multiplying works of art celebrating the beauty of the young man. The Greeks recognize in Antinous an avatar of Hermes and the Romans will present his worship to him, the last before the arrival of Christianity.
The young man continues to personify the ideal beauty.
This workshop plaster is a reproduction of the marble of Luni which represents Antinous in Dionysus, found in 1769 in the villa of Hadrian a few kilometers from Rome, the original marble is dated around 130
Some accidents on the base,
Height : 27.55 in.
Width : 16.53 in.
Depth: 16.53 in.