Athena Medici

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Athena Medici

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Cast based on the head known as the Athena Medici (once in the Medici Collection and now in the Louvre Museum in Paris). The sculpture in white marble probably copies the bronze Athena Promachos by Pheidias installed near the center of the Athenian Acropolis in 456 BCE. Its height was said to be so great that the tip of the spear Athena carried in her right hand was said to be visible from Sounion.

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