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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