Antinous Mondragone

The Antinous Mondragone is a 0.95 m high marble example of the iconographic type of the deified Antinous, of c. 130 AD.

“So immaculate that it appears to have come fresh out of the hands of the artist. The glory and crown of art.”

It can be identified as him from the striated eyebrows, full lips, sombre expression and the head’s twist down and to the right (reminiscent of that of the Lemnian Athena), whilst its smooth skin and elaborate, centre-parted hair mirror those of Hellenistic images of Dionysus and Apollo.

(Musée du Louvre.)