Antique Statue of Paris (?)

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Undraped, the statue would, in reverse, be nearly identical to an antique statuette of Paris in the Vatican. The drapery, the torch or fasces and indeed perhaps the whole statue may be modern. There is a plaster cart of it in the Palazzo degli Anziani, Lucca. This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpool Royal Institution. Liverpool’s economic development grew directly from Britain’s involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. This wealth was largely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city.