Crouching Venus, Antonio Susini, bronze, about 1600

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Museum number

C904

Object

Crouching Venus, Antonio Susini, bronze, about 1600

Gallery label

Crouching Venus
Antonio Susini
Bronze, about 1600
C904

This elegantly twisting figure derives from ancient sculptures of the bathing Venus. Exquisite in detail and surface it was cast and finished by Susini from a model by the Florentine sculptor Giambologna. Susini worked in Giambologna’s studio from the mid-1570’s and his castings are often judged finer than his master’s.

The bronze once belonged to Louis XIV of France. The ‘No. 35’ on her shoulder is the inventory mark of the French Royal Collection where it stayed until the Revolution in 1789.

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