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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 499

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE BUST OF VENUS ITALICA

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

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE BUST OF VENUS ITALICA
    19TH CENTURY, AFTER ANTONIA CANOVA (1757-1824)
    On a waisted socle
    22½ in. (57 cm.) high


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    Canova was commissioned to execute the original version of the Venus Italica at the suggestion of Ludovico I, King of Etruria, as a replacement for the antique statue of the Medici Venus, which had been plundered by the French in 1802.

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