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Copper alloy, probably bronze, gilt. Minerva stands, wearing a cloak draped over a cuirass and a plumed helmet, decorated with a grotesque mask. The lower part of the legs and arms are bare. The statuette is mounted on a green marble plinth.
A figure for a niche in a tall cabinet, the chasing stopping short at the rear.
Previously thought by Mr Goldschmidt and John Pope Henessey (7.10.1963) to be in the style of Tiziano Aspetti (1565-1607).
Venice (sculptor) (place)
Italy (sculptor) (country)
Venetian (sculptor) (nationality)
Italian (sculptor) (nationality)
copper alloy, probably bronze, gilt, cast and chased
height: (Minerva): 26.7
early 18th Century
circa 1700 to 1730
Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Minerva, was the daughter of Metis, whom Jupiter swallowed up pregnant for fear that his children would dethrone him. She was born a fully developed adult out of Jupiter's head. She is the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, the arts, dyeing, science and trade, but also of war.
M.19A-1950 (Applied Arts)
M.19B-1950 - Venus