A MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF ANTINOUS, 19TH CENTURY, OR EARLIER
A MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF ANTINOUS, 19TH CENTURY, OR EARLIER
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A MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF ANTINOUS, 19TH CENTURY, OR EARLIER

Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 GBP

A MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF ANTINOUS, 19TH CENTURY, OR EARLIER

Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Sold:5,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

A MARBLE RELIEF FRAGMENT OF ANTINOUS, 19TH CENTURY, OR EARLIER


carved with the profile of Antinous facing right, probably inspired by an ancient relief in the Villa Albani.

28.5 x 28 cm.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

American private collection, acquired in the late 1970s/early 1980s

American private collection, by descent from the above (A. N. Abell, Commerce, California, March 10th, 2013, no. 353)

Catalogue Note

In Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, the emperor expresses his yearning for Antinous, his one true love, with the timeless words: "I marveled at his gentleness, which had aspects of hardness, too, and the somber devotion to which he gave his whole being [...] I see a head bending under its dark mass of hair, eyes which seemed slanting, so long were the lids, a young face broadly formed, as if for repose."

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