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Minerva: M.19A-1950

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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.


History note: (with M.19B-1950) Henry Harris Collection; sold Sotheby's, London, 24 October 1950, part of lot 93, as 'Mar's and 'Venus'; bought A. Spero (£240); given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1950.

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1730 1730 CE


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).

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Components of the work

Plinth: composed of green marble Minerva: Depth 7.3 cm Height 26.7 cm Width 9.0 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze, gilt Copper alloy Bronze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19A-1950
Primary reference Number: 13916
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_19A_1950
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

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

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