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The Emperor Hadrian
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Roman Sculptor

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The Emperor Hadrian

130 - 138. White marble.
Room 074

The image of Publius Aelius Hadrian (76-138 A. D.) did not change much during his rule (117-138 A. D.). This effigy shows him in his maturity, and can thus be dated between 130 and 138 A.D. Despite a degree of realism in his features, the emperor´s interest in idealization is visible here in the curly hair and short beard, which allude to his philosophical bent and his passion for Classical Greece.


Technical data

Inventory number
Roman Sculptor
The Emperor Hadrian
130 - 138; s XVI - XVIII century
White marble
Height: 84 cm; Width: 67 cm; Base/bottom: 30 cm; Weight: 82 Kg
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Hübner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 121.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 139, n.178.

Magie, David (trad.), Historia Augusta, 1, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1921, pp. Hadr. 25, 1.

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las esculturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1949, pp. 11.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. 102.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº178.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1993, pp. 190-192.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 42.

G. Navarro, C.; Perdices, A., La mirada del otro: escenarios para la diferencia, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2017, pp. 38-41 n.4.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 31.
31. Busto de marmol de Carrara que representa al emperador Adriano. / Alto del busto 2 pies, 4 pulg. / id. la base 8 pulgadas.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Exhibitions +

The Other’s Gaze. Spaces of difference
14.06.2017 - 10.09.2017

Location +

Room 074 (On Display)

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

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