Lot 9
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ITALIAN, 20TH CENTURYAFTER THE ANTIQUE Crouching Venus

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Crouching Venus
  • white marble
  • 89cm., 35in. 

Catalogue Note

The Uffizi Crouching Venus was moved from the Villa Medici in Rome to Florence in 1787. It was originally thought to be a copy of a statue by Diodalses and referred to by Pliny, but more recent scholars relate it to Pergamene sculptures, such as the Arrotino. Early commentators considered the subject to be the Birth of Venus but later the goddess was generally thought to be bathing.

RELATED LITERATURE
F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique: The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven and Yale, 1981, p. 321-23. 

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