Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 536

In a legendary contest over divine beauty the Trojan prince, Paris judged Venus the winner. Paris is shown contemplating his choice as he holds the golden apple to be awarded to the goddess as her trophy. The figure’s immaculate nudity, gilded hair, and silver eyes vividly evoke the splendor of classical bronze statuettes.

The creator of this work was called Antico ("One of the ancients") by his Renaissance contemporaries in recognition of his ability to rival the sculptures of antiquity.

Paris, Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi) (Italian, Mantua ca. 1460–1528 Gazzuolo), Bronze, partially fire-gilt, silver inlay, Italian, Mantua

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