Antinous

The Allure of Beauty

The strong bond that tied emperor Hadrian to this young man from Bithynia, as told through more than 50 sculpures, reliefs, gems and coins.

The theme of this exhibition, held at Villa Adriana, Tivoli, from 5 April to 4 November 2012, was the love affair between emperor Hadrian (118-138 AD) and Antinous, the young Bithynian who was his companion for seven years — until 24 October 130, when he drowned in the Nile under circumstances that remain mysterious to this day.
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Pitis designed the entire identity of the exhibition, starting from the catalogue cover

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Betrajan is the font used for titling. It was designed specifically for the exhibition, by depriving the letters of classic Trajan typeface of their serifs

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The exhibition was held at the “Antiquarium of the Canopus” in Rome’s Villa Adriana. It was designed by architect Andrea Mandara

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The invitation to the opening night