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Head of Paris [Testa di Paride]

Accession Number
2013/2.569

Title
Head of Paris [Testa di Paride]

Artist(s)
Guido Reni

Medium & Support
etching on laid paper

Dimensions
17 9/16 x 12 5/8 in. (44.5 x 32 cm);14 15/16 x 10 in. (37.9 x 25.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Subject matter
This is a portrait of Paris the young prince of Troy and son of King Priam. As recounted in Homer's epic poem "Illiad," Paris meets Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, and kidnaps her. This sparks the Trojan war which brings distruction to the city, in the end.

Physical Description
Bust portrait of Paris of Troy. He looks off to the upper left. He is shown with a helmet that is toped with a sphynx-like figure and long feathers.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
armies
lovers
men (male humans)
poems
portraits

2 Related Resources

Greek Cultural Influence
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
The Divine Comedy
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)

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