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Antinoüs Allure

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There have been many varying accounts regarding the meeting and ensuing relationship of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his beloved Antinous. After Antinous drowned in the Nile (for unknown reasons), the grief stricken Hadrian decreed Antinous a god and Antinous was to become forever associated with Egyptian Nile related god Osiris, as well as the Roman Bacchus. The ideal beauty of Antinous has been the subject for countless sculptures through the ages, garnering particularly noteworthy interest by collectors during The Enlightenment.

Always one to be drawn by a thing of beauty, I was doubly pleased by such a fantastic story!

Here at the superb H.M. Luther gallery, I’m pictured next one of a pair of sculptures depicting the lovely Antinous in Egyptian dress – a masterwork that would no doubt have met with the approval of the Emperor.

The Sheremetov pair at Ostankino.

The Sheremetov pair at Ostankino.

There is an almost identical set to this pair in the 18th century Russian summer palace of the Sheremetov family – see above. I’ll be working toward having a set like this in my dream home someday!

I’m wearing a mint green cotton jacket, white cotton voile safari shirt, lavender micro corduroy pants, python loafers and white leather bag all by Gucci, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford pocket square in lavender and brown silk polka dots, glasses are by Dior.

2 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    You look great, as always. Love the Ostankino image too.

  2. Shani says:

    Love those loafers! A great look, as always.

    I remember being drawn to the story of Antinous in one of my art history classes in college. Here is a site that has one of my favorite images of this tragic figure:http://tinyurl.com/mh7lttl

    If you don’t want to scroll all the way down, here is just the image: http://tinyurl.com/kvb8tq

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