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Venus Italica (or Italian Venus): M.1-1849

Object information

Current Location: Founder's Entrance Hall Upper Landing


Venus Italica (or Italian Venus)


Canova, Antonio (After)




Plaster cast of Canova's marble original in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.


History note: C. Maude, Esq., Bathampton Manor House, Bath

Legal notes

Given by Charles T. Maud, Esq., in 1849.

Measurements and weight

Too high to measure. The Possagno example is H. 172 cm.

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1849-10-27) by Maud, C.


Early 19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1819


Plaster cast of Canova's marble statue known as the Venus Italica, in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. The original marble (executed in 1810) was commissioned by Lodovico I of Etruria in 1804 to replace the famous antique Roman statue of Venus, known as the 'Medici Venus', which had been taken to Paris by the French after Napoleon's invasion of Italy. The Medici Venus was a 1st-century BCE Roman copy of a Greek work by Cleomenes of Athens.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster cast

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1849
Primary reference Number: 29518
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1849
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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