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Torso of a statue of the Antinous type

117-138 AD
Hadrianic

Black basalt

Height: 43cm

Museum number: M1015

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 384help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The material, the possible position of the arms and particularly the powerfully constructed but somewhat too fleshy chest suggest the possibility that this torso is a Hadrianic adaptation of an earlier Greek Fifth Century original used to represent Antinous. The most direct adaptation of this nude, standing athletic type to the portrait features of the young favourite is the statue in the Banca Nazionale, Rome1 which preserves the strongly constructed hardness of the prototype figures. The statuette in Berlin2 parallels the Soane torso not only in material but in softened surface modelling of the body, although the torso carries the heaviness of the chest one step further-toward the type of the Braschi Antinous of the Vatican3.

On these various statues and statuettes of Antinous, see Ch. W. Clairmont, Die Bildnisse des Antinous, Rome 1966, especially pp.48, no.28, 52, no.41 (Banca Nazionale and Berlin). Clairmont lists sixty-six prototypes and copies of Antinous in monumental sculpture.

1 Einzelaufnahmen, no. 1174.
2 Blümel, Römische Bildnisse, p. 24, R56, pl. 35.
3 P. Marconi in Mon. Ant., XXIX, 1923, p. 224ff., fig. 2, pl. II; Delphi, Berlin and Banca statues compared.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded

Literature

Michaelis, p. 475, no. 7.


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