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After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, 19th century
BUST OF PARIS
JUMP TO LOT
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After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, 19th century
BUST OF PARIS
JUMP TO LOT

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19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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After a model by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Italian, 19th century
BUST OF PARIS

Catalogue Note

The Judgement of Paris is one of the most famous episodes from Greek mythology. Clearly identifiable by his Phrygian cap, the subject is Homeric protagonist Paris, chosen to arbitrate a contest of divine beauty between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. In return for bestowing the coveted title upon the latter Goddess, Paris was awarded the love of Queen Helen of Sparta, which catastrophically provoked the Trojan War.

The present bust is carved after Canova's monumental full length marble in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (inv. no. 19), which was commissioned by Joséphine de Beauharnais between 1808 and 1812. Two further models were thenceforth commissioned, the first of which is in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich (inv. no. WAF B 4), and the second in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 2003.21.2). The subject invoked such widespread admiration that Canova was obliged to produce a number of busts to satisfy demand. The continued excursions of Grand Tourists throughout the nineteenth century ensured the sustained reproduction of these busts, as exemplified by the present lot.

19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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London