Paris (after Antonio Canova)

Ganymede

about 1850


Dimensions

Overall: 53.3 x 31.8 x 25.7 cm (21 x 12 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.56.82a

Medium or Technique

Marble

On View

Liberty Mutual Gallery (Gallery 136)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

Separate shaped plinth, and pink marble column.


Little is known about the origin of this sculpture and its companion “Mercury,” exhibited nearby. During the nineteenth century, they decorated the library of Theodore Lyman’s home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Formerly identified as Ganymede, this head is actually a copy after a work by much-admired Italian Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Paris was a handsome Trojan shepherd, whose love for beautiful Spartan queen Helen brought about the Trojan War.

Provenance

Theodore Lyman, Brookline, Mass.; Mrs. Henry Lyman, Canton, Mass.; given to the Museum in 1956.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman