Head of Paris [Testa di Paride]Artist(s)Guido ReniMedium & Supportetching on laid paperDimensions
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 LineGift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. SpinkSubject 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 Typeintaglio printAdditional Object Classification(s)PrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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men (male humans)