Anne Poirier and Patrick Poirier
Villa Adriana, in Memory of Antinous 1979

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Anne Poirier and Patrick Poirier born 1942, born 1942
Villa Adriana, in Memory of Antinous
Villa Adriana, à la mémoire d'Antinous
Date 1979
Medium Plaster, muslin, porcelain, book, paper, rose petal on wooden base and slide, 35 mm, projection, black and white
Dimensions Object: 203 x 1149 x 1149 mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously through the Contemporary Art Society in memory of Mrs Amy Colls 1981
Not on display

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The Villa Adriana is the villa of the Roman Emperor Hadrian at Tivoli, near Rome. Antinous was the Emperor's favourite, who died at about the age of twenty. His appearance is known from the many portraits of him that Hadrian commissioned, and the large photograph is of one of these, now in the Louvre in Paris. The architectural model is taken from a French 'Empire' design, a centrepiece of porcelain that was made for Napoleon in 1808.

August 2004

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