The Cabinet of Venus, a special room for this very famous statueAccording to the official guide, this marble sculpture was found near the Basilica of San Vitale around 1667-1670. Acquired by Pope Benedict XIV, it was donated to the Capitoline collections. Because many versions of this Venus type exist, dating is complicated. This may, however, be one of the first of about a hundred replicas.
The pose is the so-called Pudica Venus, a modest pose in which the nude Venus covers her breasts and pubic area. She is depicted as emerging from her bath, with drapery on the prop beside her (obviously needed for stability as well as the narrative implications). The contrapposto stance adds to the sensuous curves of the work while the tilted head to the left also adds gracefulness.
|Although her face seems pretty expressionless, her hairstyle is complex, featuring lanks of hair in hoops and in a bow tied at the top of her head.|
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