Lady of Athens

“A day can press down all human things, and a day can raise them up.
But the gods embrace men of sense and abhor the evil.”
(Athena to Odysseus. Sophocles, Ajax 130)

This huge statue of Athena, known as the Pallas of Velletri, was found in Velletri in the eighteenth century.
It is a copy of a bronze effigy, now lost, known from Roman copies and fragments of antique casts, found in Baia, near Naples and attributed to Cresilas, a Cretan sculptor.
It has been on display in the Louvre since December 1803 where I took this picture.


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