William Theed

Minerva

Minerva by William Theed

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William Theed studied in Rome under Bertel Thorvaldsen and made a series of copies of important sculptures in Roman collections, including this version of the Minerva Giustiniani. The work was first recorded in the Giustiniani collection in an engraving of 1631. After she helped Perseus to decapitate the Gorgon Medusa, Minerva (Greek Athena) wore the head, its hair alive with snakes, to petrify her enemies. Conversely, the more benevolent snakes that fringe Minerva's garment represent her role as the guardian of olive groves.

Title
Minerva
Artist/creator
Production date
1847
Medium
marble
Dimensions
902 x 600 x 350 mm
Inscription
W. THEED. COPIO. ROMA. 1847
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1928
Accession no
1928/6/4
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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