Inventory number
E00171
Author
Ammannati, Bartolomeo
Title
Venus
Chronology
1558-1559
Technique
Cast
Material
Bronze
Dimensions
179 cm x 58 cm x 52 cm - 212,6 kg
School
Italian
Theme
Mythology
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (colección Cosme I de Medici, Florencia, ant. 1574; ¿col. Felipe II, 1562-1563?; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, Jardín de la Isla, 1586).

This representation of Venus is a variation on the classical type known as Chaste Venus, in which the goddess covered her breasts with one hand while holding a fold of her robes over her pubis with the other. Here, however, the arms are the result of an eighteenth-century restoration as the original had the arms cut off in order to allow water to flow out.

There is no documentation as to when this work arrived in Spain and entered the Royal Collection, but it may be related to Francesco I of Medici's stay at the Spanish Court between 1562 and 1563 while negotiating his wedding with Juana de Austria.

 
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