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    Sale 5201

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    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 118

    A WHITE MARBLE MODEL OF PAULINA BORGHESE

    19TH CENTURY, AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1824)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A WHITE MARBLE MODEL OF PAULINA BORGHESE
    19TH CENTURY, AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1824)
    13in. (33cm.) high; 23in. (58.5cm.) wide; 7¾in. (19.7cm.) deep


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    In 1804, Prince Camillo Borghese commissioned a marble portrait of his wife, Napoleon's sister Princess Paolina, from the virtuoso sculptor Antonio Canova. The artist's initial intention to represent Paolina as the virgin huntress Diana met with great opposition from his subject - the result of this conflict was her famous portrayal in the guise of Venus Triumphans housed in the Villa Borghese in Rome.

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