Skip to main content

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.

At the moment, this record does not display units or type of measurements. We will rectify this as soon as possible.

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
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
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Venus Italica (or Italian Venus)" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-07-16 13:51:58

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Venus Italica (or Italian Venus) |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-07-16 13:51:58|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...