An apparently frivolous detail like the hairstyles of the Augustae offers the pretext for study, through an artistic-archaeological itinerary, of the historical and private affairs of Hadrian.
[Hadrian. Memoirs from a feminine perspective] The exhibition provides a pretext for investigation, through an artistic-archaeological itinerary, of the historical and private affairs of Hadrian, also shedding light on the social context of the time.
An apparently frivolous factor like the hairstyles of the Augustae, which permit their identification as a distinctive feature of their official iconography, had a certain impact on common citizens, influencing the fashions of the day. While the noblewomen of the Julius-Claudia dynasty, descendents of old aristocratic families, dressed with great elegance and simplicity, after the ascent to the throne of the provincial bourgeoisie the artifice of the hairstyle and the redundancy of added elements, toupets, ringlets and braids forms a sort of diadem that marks the imagery of the princesses in the period of Trajan and Hadrian.