Exhibition: ‚Antinous: Boy made God‘ at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK)

What an impressive collection! Definitely worth a visit – well, after this complete article we already learned a lot.

FOLLOWING HADRIAN

Antinous has attracted renewed fascination since the High Renaissance. In the early 1500s, several portraits of the ‚boy-favourite‘ were known in Rome, and numerous works of art were modelled on him. A clear example of the appeal of Antinous from this time may be seen in Lorenzetto’s statue of Jonah in the Chuch of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. The head of the famous Farnese Antinous seems to have provided the model for the statue of the biblical prophet which was designed by none other than Raphael, one of the most famous artists of his time. The statue became one of the earliest post-classical visual representations of Antinous.

Jonah-Antinous

By the 1700s, the beautiful Bithynian had transformed from a scandalous decadent pagan into an archetype of classical male beauty and Romantic ideal. Young aristocrats who, in the eighteen century, made the ‚Grand Tour‘ of Italy to collect…

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