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Venus and Cupid: M.8-1952

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Venus and Cupid


Unknown (Sculptor)


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

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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


Mid 17th century
Louis XIV (1638-1715)
Circa 1640 - 1670 1670


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

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Components of the work

Base: Length 14.0 cm Width 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy Bronze

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: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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