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Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Apollo holding a lyre

FOLLOWING HADRIAN

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of Apollo (Apollo Citharoedus). It was found on the site of the round Temple of Venus (tholos) by the 18th century owner of the Villa, Conte Giuseppe Fede.

The god is depicted with his attributes; the lyre and the sacred snake Python. The tree trunk around which the snake is wrapped is inscribed with the words “Apollonios made it”.

Apollo, from the Temple of Venus (Casino Fede) at Hadrian's Villa, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket © Carole Raddato Apollo, from the Temple of Venus (Casino Fede) at Hadrian’s Villa, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket
© Carole Raddato

The statue dates to circa AD 150 (during the reign of Antoninus Pius) and was restored circa 1790 (Item number IN 1632).

Detail of the statue of Apollo holding the kithara, from the Temple of Venus (Casino Fede) at Hadrian's Villa, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket © Carole Raddato Detail of the statue of Apollo holding the kithara, from the Temple of Venus (Casino Fede) at Hadrian’s Villa, Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket
© Carole Raddato

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