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Antinous, a favorite of Adrian, was celebrated for his beauty and for an extraordinary attachment to his master, since, according to Dion Cassius, he willingly made a sacrifice of his life that the soothsayers might know, by the examination of his entrails, what was to befall the emperor. Such a proof of affection caused Adrian the greatest grief: he bewailed his fovorite bitterly, had statues raised and temples erected in his honour, and ordered the city in which he died to be rebuilt, and to bear the name of him whose loss was so distressing to him.
Antinous possessed remarkable beauty, and his statue represents him endowed with all the gifts of youth, combining in his person the graceful forms of childhood with all the nobleness of manhood. The head of this statue is so fine that it is one of those most frequently given as a model to students; by some it has been said to be modern, and even to have been executed by François Flamand; but this is an error: the head, it is true, has been separated from the body, but it is antique, and most assuredly belongs to the statue. The right leg has also been broken off, and its not having been fixed exactly in its former place diminishes the appearance of flexibility in the statue. The two feet and the lower part of the left arm are also modern as well as two fingers of the right hand, but these repairs have been executed with a perfect conception of the antique.
This statue is of Lun marble: it formerly belonged to cardinal Albani, and is now in the museum of the Capitol.
Height, 6 feet 2 inches.