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Hadrian Bust at Capitoline Museums - II | by Egisto Sani
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Hadrian Bust at Capitoline Museums - II

Bust of the Emperor Hadrian [Italica, 76 AD Italica, Spain – 138 AD Baia, Naples] portrayed according to the first official model, the so called “Termini-type” model, created after his accession to the throne, 117 AD. This portrait, although belonging to the first portrait model, reveals some innovative features: the short and neat beard and the sophisticated hairstyle arranged in rounded wavy locks.

Hadrian is wearing a breastplate decorated with Gorgon's head. The "paludamentum", or military cloak, is hooked on the left shoulder by a round fibula. This bust was found at Anzio, near Rome, before the eighteenth century.




White marble bust

(height 0,90 m)

117-120 AD

From Anzio, Rome

Rome, Museo Capitolini, Palazzo dei Conservatori


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Taken on February 5, 2014