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Hadrian as a hero
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Hadrian as a hero

Ca. 136. White marble.
Room 071

In 136 A.D., two years before his death, Emperor Hadrian had the previous realism of his portraits replaced with an idealized image of him as a young hero. Gold coins with this portrait, minted during his last years as emperor, indicate that he was probably represented as New Romulus. The bust was added in the sixteenth-century.


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Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
Hadrian as a hero
Ca. 136; XVII century
White marble
Height: 82 cm; Width: 58 cm; Base/bottom: 33 cm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 130.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 138, n.176.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 94.

Blanco, Antonio, Catálogo de la escultura, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1957, pp. 146.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº176.

Albertson, Fred C, A portrait of Hadrian as Diomedes, Muse, 27 -28, 1993-1994, pp. 10-29 [f.8 p15].

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, I, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 196-199.

Schröder, Stephan F., Hadrian als neuer Romulus? Zum letzten porträt kaiser Hadrians, Madrider Mitteilungen, DAI, 1995, pp. 291-297.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 157.

Opper, Thorsten, Hadrian : empire and conflict, The British Museum, Londres, 2008.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Exhibitions +

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict
24.07.2008 - 26.10.2008

Location +

Room 071 (On Display)

Update date: 11-11-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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