Arturo Dazzi (1881-1966) was born in Carrara, and was both painter and sculptor. He trained at the Academy of Fine Arts at Carrara under Lio Gangeri, and in 1904, having been awarded the Pensionato Artistico Quadriennale, moved to Rome. In Rome he executed the statue of Cardinal De Luca, which is now in the Palazzo di Giustizia, and in 1909 won the contest for the relief for the Altare della Patria in the Vittoriano. He exhibited at the Venice International Exhibition of 1912 and after the First World War continued to exhibit his work with success.
A prolific and ecclectic artist, Dazzi executed portraits, animal models and figures in marble and bronze. His later work reflects the influence of the Belgian sculptor Constantin Meunier. The present figure, however, appears to reveal the ideal and decorative style of the turn of the century, and is likely to date from Dazzi's early oeuvre. Like his Serafina of 1920, his Antonella of 1924 and his Sogno di bambina of 1925, the present Venus is imbued with a fluidity and grace appropriate to the goddess of love and beauty. Dazzi has chosen to portray his Venus as a sprightly nymph, with animated expression and a tripping stance. He captures her with wit and movement as she is propelled by breezes towards her birth place through the foaming waves.