Antinous : Boy Made God - the exhibition catalogue from The Ashmolean Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Antinous : Boy Made God

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Antinous: Boy Made God is the catalogue of an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum that centres 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 The piece is basically unpublished and will be presented for the first time to the wider public in this volume.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 contextualize the image of this country boy who was greatly loved by 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. The book makes available for the first time a body of unpublished art-works, presenting them in their historical and archaeological context 

  • Authors: R.R.R. Smith and M Melfi
  • Paperback: 128 pages | 50 colour and 10 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: September 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1910807279
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.9 cm

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