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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Statue of  Athena Helmed, Holding Spear, and Attended by Serpent, Rome, Italy
Robert MacPherson Statue of Athena Helmed, Holding Spear, and Attended by Serpent, Rome, Italy

Price $650
Sale Price $455

Main Image

Ref.# 13399

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


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