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Antoninus Pius
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Antoninus Pius

140 - 150. White marble.
Room 027

A bust of the Roman emperor, Antoninus Pius (86-161 A.D.), of a type set by the government itself from the moment he took power. This type of portrait went essentially unchanged during his entire reign. This monumental head of the long-lived Roman emperor has various modern additions. The hair and beard are based on depictions of his adoptive father, the Emperor Hadrian, but the face has individualised details. In the Historia Augusta Antoninus is described as “noble with gentle features, sober, kind-hearted, generous [...] and moderate.”

Technical data

Inventory number
Antoninus Pius
140 - 150; XVI century
White marble
Height: 108 cm; Width: 75 cm; Base/bottom: 35 cm; Weight: 134.4 Kg
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 122.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 125, n.161.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 89.

Wegner, M., Die Herrscherbildnisse in antoninischer Zeit. Das römische Herrscherbild II, 4, Berlin, 1939, pp. 133.

Blanco Freijeiro, A., Catalogo de la Escultura, Blass, Madrid, 1957, pp. 83 / lám. 57.

Bernoulli, Johann Jacob, Römische Ikonographie. II, 2. Von Galba bis Commodus., II.2, Olms, Hildesheim, 1969, pp. 144.

Blanco, Antonio, Museo del Prado : catálogo de la escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. 90.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica., I, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 209-213.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Bajo el signo de Fortuna: esculturas clásicas del Museo del Prado, [s.n], Salamanca, 1999, pp. 35.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La púrpura del imperio, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 90.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 340.
340. Un busto semicolosal con la cabeza y base de marmol de Carrara, y el manto empelechado de jaspe de Italia, sobre un pedestal de marmol de Carrara que tiene en el neto un relieve del busto de asia. / alto del busto 2 pies, 11 pulg. / id. la base 10 pulgadas. / id. del pedestal 3 pies, 6 pulg, 6 lin.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Room 027 (On Display)

Update date: 10-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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