THE STATUE OF ANTINOUS: THE STORY BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF

THE STATUE OF ANTINOUS: THE STORY BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF

8/22/2021, 1:29:37 PM
THE STATUE OF ANTINOUS: THE STORY BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF THIS MAGNIFICENT SCULPTURE . On July 1, 1894, at the excavation of Delphi near the Temple of Apollo, archaeologists uncovered a near-perfectly preserved, still-upright statue of Antinous Antinous was a young Greek of extraordinary beauty from Bithynia, who became the beloved companion of the Roman emperor Hadrian but later died in Nile under mysterious circumstances. Stricken by the death of Antinous, Hadrian, who happened to be an admirer and a passionate supporter of classical Greek Antiquity, as well as a benefactor of the Oracle of Delphi, ordered that statues of the beautiful young man, whom he had loved so passionately, be erected in all sanctuaries and cities of his vast empire. Furthermore, he ordered the institution and establishment of Games in honor of Antinous, who since then was honored and worshiped as a god. Taking a closer look at the statue, the head of young Antinous is tilted to the side like he is in a state of reflection. Around its thick and masterfully carved hair, which surround its face and fall on its forehead and cheeks, thus adding a mournful quality to its beautiful, full of vain youthful figure, several holes can be observed that were used to attach a bronze laurel wreath. His body is carved in a way that gives it the beautiful nudity which characterized the statues of gods and heroes of classical antiquity. However, the nostalgic Hadrian classicism is not enough for the statue to stand worthy of the art of its genuine classic models. Source :- www.greecehighdefinition.com

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