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Unknown (sculptor)






Copper alloy, probably bronze, gilt. Venus stands with draperies billowing out leaving her shoulders, legs and bust bare. In both hands she holds flowers and her left foot rests on a dolphin's head. Her head is turned slightly to the right and is turned downwards. Mounted on a green marble plinth.

Production Notes

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 (7.10.63) to be in the style of Tiziano Aspetti (1565-1607).

Production Place

Venice (sculptor) (place)

Italy (sculptor) (country)

Venetian (sculptor) (nationality)

Italian (sculptor) (nationality)

Technique Description

copper alloy, probaby bronze, gilt, cast and chased


height: (Venus): 25.5 cm
width: (Venus): 7.9 cm
depth: (Venus): 7.6 cm


early 18th Century


circa 1700 to 1730


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Henry Harris Collection; sold Sotheby's, 24 October 1950, The Henry Harris Collection, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of Renaissance works of art and paintings, the property of Henry Harris (decd.), p. 17, part of lot 93; purchased for £240 by A. Spero; Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam.

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. Sotheby's (1950) The Henry Harris Collection, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of Renaissance works of art and paintings, the property of Henry Harris (decd.), London: Sotheby's [page: p. 17] 24th-25th October 1950)
    [comments: Publ. p. 17, part of lot 93]
  2. (1951) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Forty-second Annual Report, for the Year 1950, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 4]
    [comments: Publ. Ill. p. 4, see also p. 2]
  3. Sotheby's (1991) Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 12th December 1991, London? [page: p. 69] 12th December 1991)
    [comments: Publ. Mentioned, as similar Venus and Minerva statue to lot no. 153, p. 69]
  4. Avery, Victoria (2002) Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London: Gli Ori [page: pp. 158-163]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 158-163, 268, no. 21]

Other Notes

Venus was the Roman goddess of love and beauty. She was one of the twelve great Olympian divinities.

Accession Number

M.19B-1950 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 13918; Input Date: 2000-10-06 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

Related Object

M.19A-1950 - Minerva

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