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Bust after the Medici Venus: M.2-2021

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Bust after the Medici Venus


Sculptor: Unknown




Bronze, cast, chased nad patinated

Bronze, cast, chased and patinated. Bust of a woman, facing left, with drapery, after the Medici Venus.

Legal notes

From the collection of Martin and Katharine Brunt. Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam, 2021.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 27 cm
Height: 68 cm
Width: 50 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2021-05-10) by H.M. Government


Circa 1700 - Circa 1750


Probably made for a collector interested in classical antiquities, this bust is based on the Medici Venus, a 1st-century BCE life-size marble statue of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Considered from the later 1500s as the epitome of female beauty, the Medici Venus was frequently copied, normally as full-length reductions. Unusual in being full-size and incorporating drapery, this bust may have been displayed alongside some genuine ancient bronze or marble statues, in a grandiose entrance hall or library.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-2021
Primary reference Number: 288397
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 2 June 2021 Updated: Monday 16 January 2023 Last processed: Monday 16 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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