8 June 2005
A ROMAN MARBLE VENUS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Standing on an integral plinth, the curvaceous goddess depicted nude but for a voluminous himation draped over her shoulders and back, creating shallow U-shaped folds, holding the edge of the cloak in her fisted right hand, her left arm completely enveloped
17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) high
South American Private Collection.
Acquired by the current owner in 1982.
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For a similarly-cloaked Venus thought to be found near Smyrna (modern Izmir) see no. 177, p. 115 in Comstock and Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone, The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately