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Venus and Cupid
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Venus and Cupid
Copper alloy, probably bronze, statuette. The nude figure of Venus kneels on one knee with Cupid in front of her; his body rests against her right knee his head bent slightly and looking left. He should hold a bow and arrow, being taught by Venus who guides his hands. Her body is bent forward as she looks down at him. Cast in three parts. Light brown patina, highly polished - has strange gold finish.
Originally attributed to a follower of Gian Bologna. Now described as French, late 17th century, A. Radcliffe, 1980.
France (sculptor) (country)
copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and patinated
height: (whole): 17.5
mid 17th century
circa 1640 to 1670
Given by the Firends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Other versions: Pierpont Morgan Coll. (Cat. no. 173. pl. CXXI. p. XXXV) Victoria and Albert Museum (A.442-1892) - dark brown patina; inferior cast
M.8-1952 (Applied Arts)