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Venus: M.19B-1950

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)




Sculptor: Unknown




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.


History note: (with M.19A-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


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1700 CE - 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 (7.10.63) to be in the style of Tiziano Aspetti (1565-1607).

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Plinth composed of green marble
Venus Depth 7.6 cm Height 25.5 cm Width 7.9 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze, gilt Copper alloy

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19B-1950
Primary reference Number: 13918
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_19B_1950
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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