Bust of Dionysus or a young Bacchus, crowned with a traditional "corimbus", his shoulders and chest are covered by one of the animal skins dedicated to the Gods – panthers, leopards and wolves. The dreamlike look of the sculpture's face, and the almost baroque quasi feminine style of its execution, suggests this sculpture was created by the "pathos" school during the period of Hardian (2nd century AD) known for the it sculptures of Antinous, Hadrian’s companion.


  • Title: Bust of Dionysus
  • Date Created: 2nd century AD
  • Location: National Museum of Archaeology
  • Provenance: Milreu, Faro, Portugal
  • Rights: José Pessoa ADF/DGPC
  • Medium: White marble
  • Art Movement: Roman Period
  • Art Form: Sculpture

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