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From the Vatican to the Louvre, Paris

(continuer en français)

One of the most controversial works in Cardinal Borghese’s collection was this sculpture of Hermaphrodite. It was rediscovered in 1608 during excavations near Rome. The sculpture was inspired by a Greek work from the 2nd century BC, representing the son of Hermes and Aphrodite. Napoleon forced its purchase in 1807, and it has since been on display in the Louvre.

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