The triumphant Perseus is a sculpture by Canova, exhibited in the Vatican museums in Rome.
The work, which represents Perseus triumphant after cutting off the Medusa head was
built between 1797 and 1801 and was intended for Giuseppe Bossi for the Bonaparte forum in Milan, but instead found itself bought by Pope Pius VII, who placed it in place of the Apollo Belvedere.
The work, with its perfect shapes, enhanced by the vivid brilliance of Carrara marble, has an extraordinary expressiveness that perfectly embodies the ideal of classical beauty.