Torso of Venus.
Late 18th/early 19th century.
This marble torso is inspired by the Medici Venus in the Uffizi Museum in Florence. Although it is broken at the level of the legs and arms, it takes exactly the position of this model which is a Roman copy of a Greek original. Indeed, this Venus is originally a Greek model in bronze that would have been made in the fourth century BC by a student of Praxiteles according to the model of the Aphrodite of Knidos made by his master. Our torso still bears the mark of the hand of the Venus hiding her breast according to the codes of representation of the prudish Venus, a type to which the Aphrodite of Knidos belongs.
The Medici Venus is one of the most copied antiquities. There are traces of its description as early as 1638, but a bronze copy would have already been made in 1559. It was universally considered as one of the most remarkable ancient statues to have survived. Louis XIV owned no less than five marbles reproducing it, executed by the greatest sculptors of his time such as Carlier, Clérion, Coysevox, Frémery and the Keller brothers. Small bronze reductions were found in many cabinets of curiosity.
Our Venus is distinguished by its beautiful quality of execution, which delicately reproduces the roundness of the flesh of the Roman model.