Antinoo de Defos

Delphi (Greece) by "".

Delphi, Museum, Inv. N° 1718, exhibited in Hall 13. Found in 1894 in Delphi. (First a picture from the day of the discovery) «Il semble, tant la chair est souple, qu’elle vive et palpite, et la poitrine vigoureuse semble gonflée d’un souffle sain et puissant. Les jambes sont fines et d’un galbe charmant» (Théophile Homolle, 1894).

By : Marble statue of Antinous, a youth famous for his beauty, and the favorite of emperor Hadrian. It is one of the best of the surviving statues of the dreamy youth. Its debt to ancient Greece originals is obvious, but it differs from them radically. Antinous' body is soft, very different from the taut, well-knit bodies of the Greek youths hardened by exercise in the wrestling schools. The head has originality, with its profuse hair separated into small curls that frame the boy's pretty features. A didactic work of Roman classicalism dated to the Hadrian period (130 - 138 CE).

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