I just found this painting of Antinous wading into the Nile.
Don't know the name of this artist...I like the painting, except for the blonde hair.
Yes, I know there are blonde Greeks and Latins.
But when the Citharoedic Poem, the only text that describes the color of his hair, says that it was "violet-colored" I think this means it was a probably a rich shade of dark brown bordering maybe on blood-red-black.
It seems to be an Anglo-Saxon thing to portray Antinous as a blondie ... and that's okay ... the spiritual Antinous can take on the form of our deepest desires ... whatever that may be.
"It seems to be an Anglo-Saxon thing to portray Antinous as a blondie" no it's not. You can see blond hair on many ancient Greek mosaics and paintings.ReplyDelete
In some translations he's described as 'light haired' also, so maybe it could fit.ReplyDelete