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Paris
  • TitleParis
  • Technique/ MaterialCarrara marble
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h) 140 cm
  • DatingMade 1824 - 1825
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Bengt Erland Fogelberg, Swedish, born 1786, dead 1854
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory No.NMSk 911
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1901 Sophia Giesecke Fund
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    The crook and apple show that the sculpture represents Paris. In Greek mythology, he was a prince of Troy, but grew up as a shepherd. The three goddesses Athena, Hera and Aphrodite asked him to decide which of them was the most beautiful. The prize was a golden apple with the inscription To the fairest. Athena tried to bribe Paris with wisdom and Hera with power. However, Paris chose Aphrodite’s gift: love and marriage to the beautiful Helen.