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Bust of Vestal by Antonio Canova. 27x16cm

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Bust of a Roman Vestal by Antonio Canova, a famous Italian sculptor of Neoclassicism.

Reproduction of a figure made of reconstituted marble (marble powder with synthetic resin) finished with an aged patina with natural earth.

Measurements: Height: 27 cm. Width: 16 cm.

In Ancient Rome, the Vestal was a priestess consecrated to the goddess of the hearth, Vesta.

Vestal (1818-1819, Milan, Civic Gallery of Modern Art), by Antonio Canova. Vesta: Roman divinity of the home, whose circular temple was located in the forum. Her cult, overseen by the Supreme Pontiff, was carried out by the Vestals, a college of priestesses charged with keeping Vesta’s fire burning. The college was the oldest in Rome (the mother of Romulus and Remus, Rhea Silvia, was a Vestal). It comprised successively four, six and then seven priestesses presided over by the Virgo Vestalis Maxima. The priesthood lasted thirty years, after which the Vestals could marry.


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