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Statuette of Venus

Profile view of a bronze sculpture with green patina of a nude woman with her right hand raised to eye level. She wears a tiara, her hair in a bun.
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  • Profile view of a bronze sculpture with green patina of a nude woman with her right hand raised to eye level. She wears a tiara, her hair in a bun.

Date:

About 2nd century

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This statuette depicts Venus, the Roman goddess of love, sexuality, and maternity, with her hair in an elegant updo and wearing nothing but the diadem (crown) atop her head. Earlier images of Venus often represented the goddess modestly clothed, reinforcing her role as exemplary matron and mother of the Roman people. By the first century, Venus was regularly shown fully nude, reflecting body types associated with her Greek counterpart, Aphrodite, whose domain leaned more toward the pleasures of erotic love and seduction. In their respective cultures, both goddesses served as models for brides and matrons: nude forms such as this guided women to cultivate their sexual appeal, thereby fostering the production of children who would carry on society

Status

On View, Gallery 150

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Statuette of Venus

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

100 CE–200 CE

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H.: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Endowment Fund; Cynthia and Terry E. Perucca Fund

Reference Number

2022.134

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