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Style Renaissance / Ref.11151

Venus and Cupid, 17th century Dutch sculpture, in Carrara marble

Width: 23'' ¼  59cm
Height: 66'' ⅞  170cm
Depth: 16'' ½  42cm

Holland, late 17th century

This elegant life-size sculpture was created in the Netherlands, made of Carrara marble, in the late 17th century. It depicts Venus, her long hair cascading over her shoulders, accompanied by a child Cupid reaching out to her in an affectionate gesture. Venus is portrayed here in her natural form, her nudity concealed by a garland of flowers. With her right hand, she pulls a fabric towards herself to cover up. The first life-size marble sculptures depicting Venus date back to ancient Greek antiquity, with the most famous being the Venus of Praxiteles, also known as the Aphrodite of Knidos, now known only through Roman copies. While the present sculpture features Venus alone, it seems to have been inspired by the Venus Felix, where Cupid accompanies his mother. This sculpture, standing over 2 meters tall, is housed in the Courtyard of the Octagon at the Pio-Clementino Museum in the Vatican and was created around the year 170 AD. In the centuries that followed, this iconography was repeatedly revisited in monumental sculpture. It is evident that the theme of Venus and Cupid is a major subject in the history of Western art, represented on numerous occasions throughout all eras by the most important artists. The sculpture presented here thus fits within this great sculptural tradition.

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