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    Sale 7540

    A House on the Wiltshire Downs

    6 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 208

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF THE MEDICI VENUS

    19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF THE MEDICI VENUS
    19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
    40 in. (102 cm.) high


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    The famous Venus de' Medici, attracted extraordinary attention since it was acquired by the Medici family in the late 16th Century, and has been considered as one of the half-dozen finest antique statues to have survived. Several statues of the same type were known in the 18th Century, all ultimately inspired by the famous Aphrodite of Knidos created by the 4th Century B.C. Greek sculptor Praxiteles, as the absolute ideal of feminine beauty both in bodily form and pose.

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