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Venus and Cupid: M.8-1952

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Venus and Cupid


Sculptor: Unknown




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.


History note: Collection of Dr W.L. Hildburgh, FSA; given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Firends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1952) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


17th Century, Mid#
Louis XIV (1638-1715)
Circa 1640 - 1670


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

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Base Length 14 cm Width 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and patinated

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1952
Primary reference Number: 13623
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_8_1952
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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