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Sleeping Nymph: M.1-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Sleeping Nymph


Sculptor: Tacca, Ferdinando




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast. The nude is shown reclining seductively on a rocky outcrop, over which her discarded drapery has been cast. Her head is cushioned on her left arm, which has been brought up under it; her right arm is brought across her pubic area so that her hand rests on her left thigh, its elegantly attentuated fingers playing with a part of the drapery.


History note: Peel and Humphris, Bond Street, London

Legal notes

Bought with the M.L. Horn Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.9 cm
Length: 17 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1961) by Peel and Humphris


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1630 CE - 1660 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1961
Primary reference Number: 13956
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1961
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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