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The Venus De Medici, (sculpture)

Hart, Joel T. 1810-1877
Unknown (Antique artist) (copy after)
Kleomenes (copy after)
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Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. VIII
"After the antique of Kleomenes of Athens. See no. i. Kleomenes was the son of Apollodorus of Athens. Pliny alone mentions this sculptor, who does not appear to have been particularly celebrated among the ancients. From various known facts, it is decided that he lived between 363 and 146 B.C. " The Venus de Medici. The original of this statue, of which this is probably the finest copy extant, stands in the tribune of the Ufizzi, Florence. It was found in the sixteenth century, in the villa of hadrian, near tivoli, and was taken to Florence in 1680, under Cosimo III di Medici - whence its title. When found it was in thirteen pieces, and without arms. These were supplied, but it is supposed by many that the position of the original arms is not given in the substitutes. It was executed at a period when Greek art was rapidly declining. Though it has been characterized as a 'statue that enchants the world,' there is no famous work of sculpture that has been more the subject of diverse criticism." [P. 97; see serial 03860465 for commentary on artist.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Figure female--Nude
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AECI 03860472
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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