A 19th Century Marble Crouching Venus
A statuary marble figure of the crouching Venus.
Italian school, second half of the 19th century.
** The plinth is not included **
H:89 W:34 D:44 CM
H:35 W:13.4 D:17.3 INCHES.
This sculpture depicts Venus, classical goddess of love and beauty, surprised while bathing. She crosses her arms in an attempt to conceal her nudity and turns her head away in embarrassment.
The Roman author Pliny the Elder, in his Natural History, describes a statue of Venus washing herself, made by Doidalses and placed in one of the temples of the Portico d’Ottavia in Rome. Many scholars believe this statue to be the source for the many imitations in existence, which include versions in the Louvre, Paris; the Museo Nazionale delle Terme, Rome; the Uffizi, Florence; the Vatican Museums, and the Royal Collection (acquired by Charles I). "Refrence", The Royal Academy.