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"Kopf des Paris - Bust of Paris " (details from "Paris") (see related A | B | C | D), 1807-1816 Antonio Canova (1757 - 1822 ) Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

(continued from the full image of Paris)  - Before Hecuba (Queen of Troy and spouse of Priam) delivered Paris, she had a dream ... like Freud, a seer Aesacus interpretation was that Paris would cause the fall of Troy ... the beauty of Paris was his ruin and that of all who loved him ...  tragically he chose beauty (Helen promised by Aphrodite) above reason (Athena) and power (Hera) - perhaps it was the beauty of their buttocks that impressed him the most, as suggested by "kallisti" (fairest) inscribed on the "apple of discord" which gave rise to the surname of Venus as Aphrodite Kallipygos (Venus of the beautiful buttocks). 

Ed. The story of Paris represents the "back-bones" (vertebrae) of Classic Mythology and much of what Western European civilization is inspired by. 

Antonio Canova popularized a "neoclassical" style based on ancient Greek sculptors but ... in my humble personal view, his depictions, for the most part, "leave me cold"  in contrast to the vitality of ancient statues impossible to convey by words. (W.W.)  

IDEA > IMAGE > WORDS > Paris, Helen, Venus, Aphrodite, Troy, apple, beauty, callipygos, kallipigos, buttock,  California, calisthenics, ...  

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