Portrait of Hadrian

Provenance: Athens, Agora. Height: 0.495 m. Marble: Thasian.
Chronology: 130-140 AD. EAM 632

The head is turned slightly to the left and was intended for insertion, as it is shown by the treatment of the surface. The figure would have worn a himation. A work of a Greek artistic sense created by a distinguished artist. The portrait belongs to the ┬źImperatori 32┬╗ type.

The shift towards the education and the culture of Classical Greece, introduced programmatically by Hadrian, resulted in the imitation of the Greek way of dressing and of the hair style.