Statuette of Venus on Round Base

Object Details

Title:

Statuette of Venus on Round Base

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Asia Minor (?) (Place created)

Date:

1st century A.D.

Medium:

Bronze

Object Number:

57.AB.13

Dimensions:

17 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm (6 11/16 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

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Statuette of a nude Venus with her hands held above her shoulders, likely adjusting a necklace (now missing). She stands on a round base in a slight contrapposto pose with her weight on her right leg and her left knee bent. Her hair is pulled back into a low bun and she wears a diadem. She may be a variation of a mid-4th century B.C. statue of Aphrodite Pselioumene (Aphrodite fastening a necklace) by Praxiteles.

Provenance
- 1957

Nicolas Koutoulakis, 1910 - 1996 (Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1957.

Exhibitions
Preserving the Past (March 5, 1991 to January 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 5, 1991 to January 4, 1992
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes (January 24 to May 28, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to May 28, 2017
Bibliography

Bulletin of the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art (Malibu: 1957), pp. 15-16, fig. 7A.

Stothart, Herbert. A Handbook of the Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965), p. 15, no. A57.S-10.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965), p. 71.