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Antinous bust of the Prado museum, Royal collection, Madrid Antinous ( Ancient Greek : Ἀντίνοος , Antinoös) (27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130 [ 1 ] ) was a Bithynian youth and a favourite of the Roman emperor Hadrian . [ 2 ] He was deified after his death, although his exact status in the Roman pantheon was uncertain. [ 3 ] Antinoüs , or Antinoös , with a diaeresis , is the hypercorrect spelling of his name. [ edit ] Biography Thorsten Opper in Hadrian: Empire and Conflict notes: "Hardly anything is known of Antinous' life, and the fact that our sources get more detailed the later they are does not inspire confidence." [ 4 ] At an irreducible minimum he was born to a Greek family in Bithynion - Claudiopolis , in the Roman province of Bithynia in what is now north-west Turkey , and joined the entourage of the emperor Hadrian at a young age, although nothing certain is known of how, when, or where he and Hadrian met.
This article is about the earliest and best-known Pietà by Michelangelo. For three related sculptures see the Florentine Pietà or The Deposition (Michelangelo) , the Rondanini Pietà , and the Palestrina Pietà . The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City . It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist.