Minerva holding an owl

Italy, 2nd century CE. Made of white marble, sardonyx and porphyry.

This statue was bought from an Italian family in 1777 by Pierre-Marie-Gaspard Grimod, comte d’Orsay, a wealthy socialite who collected a huge stash of sculptures and paintings, and kept in his private residence in Paris. He moved to Germany in 1787 but left some of his stuff behind; after the Revolution broke out his property in France was seized by the state and his art collection donated to the Louvre.

11 May 2022

  • Camera: ILCE-7M3
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter: 1/30 s

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