Paris (after Antonio Canova)
Overall: 53.3 x 31.8 x 25.7 cm (21 x 12 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Liberty Mutual Gallery (Gallery 136)
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.
Theodore Lyman, Brookline, Mass.; Mrs. Henry Lyman, Canton, Mass.; given to the Museum in 1956.
Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman