Item Number: 149556
Title: Antinous: Boy Made God
Author: Smith, R.R.R. (et al)
Record created on 09/20/2018
Description: Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018. 22cm., pbk., 128pp., 50 color, 10 b&w illus. Exhibition catalogue.
Summary: Antinous: Boy Made God is the catalogue of an exhibition that center's around one of the most important surviving portraits of Antinous, an inscribed bust from Syria found in 1879 and currently in a private collection. The piece is basically unpublished and will be presented for the first time to the wider public in this volume. Other key portraits, as well as coins of Antinous, medals and bronze figurines, feature here, and help contextualise the image of this country boy who was greatly loved by the Emperor Hadrian and became a hero and a god within the Empire. The exhibition and the book's narrative highlight the range and variety of Antinous' reception and shows how the fascination and reach of his image went well beyond antiquity into the modern world. It reconstructs a visual biography of an extraordinarily fascinating figure, representing an ideal of perfect beauty for many centuries after his tragic death
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Chapter: Antinous: a boy made god in the Roman empire; CATALOGUE: 1. Antinous bust from Syria; 2. Antinous bust from Syria, plaster cast; 3. Townley Antinous, from Rome; 4. Ludovisi-Chicago Antinous bust; 5. Braschi Antinous, statue from Praeneste; 6. Osiris-Antinous, statue from Tivoli; 7. Antinous Albani, relief from Tivoli; 8. Elgin Germanicus bust; 9. Hadrian bust, Vatican; 10. Capitoline Antinous, Rome; 11. Capitoline Antinous in bronze; 12. Belvedere Antinous in bronze; 13. Townley Antinous in bronze; 14. Antinous with spear, Burch gem; 15 16. Antinous coins of Smyrna; 17. Antinous coin of Nikomedeia; 18 19. Antinous medals after coins of Corinth; 20. Antinous medal after coin of Corinth; Bibliography.
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