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Venus with Perfume Bottle
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Venus with Perfume Bottle

100 - 110. White marble.
Room 074

A Roman copy of a Hellenistic original from around 150 B.C: considered the best version of the so-called "Marine Venus". The simplicity of her robes and the detailed analysis of her anatomy, which is nevertheless idealized, manage to combine realism with a return to the classic esthetic, as was customary at that time. More complete examples in Ostia have the right arm resting on an inclined vase that figured as a fountain. Its place was occupied by a perfume bottle in the seventeenth-century, leading to this work´s best-known name: Venus with Perfume Bottle. The head comes from a clumsy restoration carried out by Valeriano Salvatierra in the late nineteenth-century.


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Roman Sculptor
Venus with Perfume Bottle
100 - 110
White marble
Height: 178 cm; Width: 86 cm; Base/bottom: 42 cm; Weight: 412.6 Kg
Colección Cristina de Suecia
Collection of Queen Christina of Sweden; Collection of Livio Odescalchi; Royal Collection (Felipe V's collection, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia)

Bibliography +

Ponz, Antonio, Viage de España. Vol. I, X, Joachin Ibarra, Madrid, 1781.

Hubner, Emil, Die Antiken Bildwerke in Madrid, Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer, Berlín, 1862, pp. 49.

Barrón, Eduardo, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo Nacional de Pintura y Escultura., Imprenta y fototipia J. Lacoste, Madrid, 1908, pp. 66, lám.XLI, n.65.

Ricard, Robert, Marbres Antiques du Musee du Prado a Madrid, Feret & Fils, Burdeos, 1923, pp. 58.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, por A. Blanco, Madrid, 1957, pp. 54.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la Escultura, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Ángel, El Cuaderno de Ajello y las esculturas del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1998, pp. 102.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Escultura clásica: guía, Fundación Marcelino Botín; Museo del Prado, Santander, 1999, pp. 32.

Schröder, Stephan F., Catálogo de la escultura clásica: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2004, pp. 172-175.

Schröder,S. Elvira Barba,M.A, Eutichio Ajello (1711-1793) y su descripción de la célebre Real Galería de San Idelfonso, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXIV, 2006, pp. 40-88.

Corona y arqueología en el Siglo de las Luces, Patrimonio Nacional, 2010, pp. 85-93.

Elvira Barba, Miguel Angel, Las esculturas de Cristina de Suecia: un tesoro de la Corona de España, Real Academia de Historia, Madrid, 2011, pp. 55,77 / 180-181.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Escultura, 1857. Núm. 293.
293. Una estatua de marmol griego que representa una Venus vestida de medio cuerpo abajo, apoyada la mano sobre un pomo. / alto 6 pies, 6 pulg.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in black. Plinth

Location +

Room 074 (On Display)

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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