The Face of the Antique
HC / 104 pages / 28,5 x 19,5 cm
Published by Henry Moore Institute
Catalogue to accompany the exhibition 'Antinous: the face of the Antique' at the Henry Moore Institute (24.05–26.08.2006).
The Emperor Hadrian’s young lover was Antinous, a beautiful youth who drowned mysteriously in the Nile before his 20th birthday. The Emperor, in his grief, commissioned busts and statues of his beloved, and as the cult of Antinous spread throughout the Roman Empire, many more were erected by his subjects.
Drawing together loans from all over Europe, this is the first exhibition dedicated to Antique sculpture to be held at the Institute and the first in Britain to explore the mythical image of Antinous. As a subject, Antinous works not only to provide a very human way into looking at Antique sculpture, but also as an introduction to some of the thorniest issues surrounding work of this period. Issues of recognition, restoration and re-naming are all present, and to a degree we can deal with these by simply asking: does it look like him?
Laureate for the Art Book Award 2007 (The Art Book Journal and the Association of Art Historians, GB)
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