Hadrian’s Villa

Hadrian’s Villa

Date ca. 130-38 CE

Movement Roman

Location Tivoli, Italy


A complex of impressive structures, Hadrian’s Villa was a collection of beautiful works from across the Empire. Given its status as a private residence, the architecture is significantly more playful than formal art and architecture of the state would have allowed; for example, the arcade lining the perimeter of the canal utilizes both arches and post-and-lintel forms, a new experiment that had not yet made its way into Rome itself at this time.