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Venus and Cupid

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Venus and Cupid


Unknown (sculptor)




figure group


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.

Production Notes

Originally attributed to a follower of Gian Bologna. Now described as French, late 17th century, A. Radcliffe, 1980.

Production Place

France (sculptor) (country)

Technique Description

copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and patinated


height: (whole): 17.5 cm
width: (base): 9.5 cm
length: (base): 14.0 cm


mid 17th century
Louis XIV


circa 1640 to 1670


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1952 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Collection of Dr W.L. Hildburgh, F.S.A.; given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Given by the Firends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. (1953) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Forty-fourth Annual Report, for the Year 1952, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 3]
    [comments: Publ. p. 3]
  2. Avery, Victoria (2002) Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London: Gli Ori [page: pp. 196-199]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 196-199, 286-288, no. 30]

Other Notes

Other versions: Pierpont Morgan Coll. (Cat. no. 173. pl. CXXI. p. XXXV) Victoria and Albert Museum (A.442-1892) - dark brown patina; inferior cast

Accession Number

M.8-1952 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 13623; Input Date: 2000-10-03 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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