Robert MacPherson Statue of Athena Helmed, Holding Spear, and Attended by Serpent, Rome, Italy
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1861c
Dimensions 14-1/2 x 7-7/8 in. (368 x 200 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Scotland
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With J.H. initials and 1861 date in pencil in lower left corner and Spithover blindstamp in lower right.
The Parian marble Athena Giustiniani or Giustiniani Minerva is an Antonine Roman marble copy of a Greek sculpture of Pallas Athena, of the late fifth-early fourth century BC. The Minerva was bought by Lucien Bonaparte in 1805, and was installed in the grand hall of his Roman residence, the Palazzo Nunez. In 1817 he sold it to Pope Pius VII, who was commissioning the Braccio Nuovo of the Vatican Museums. When the Braccio Nuovo was opened in 1822, the sculpture was installed as it is today.
Provenance: old collection of J. Harrison, Jr. purchased in 1861.
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