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Venus of Arles. Gold patina and marble. 57 cm.

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Reproduction of the sculpture of the Venus of Arles in reconstituted marble (marble powder plus binder). Finished in golden patina and antique marble.

Measurements: Height: 57 cm. Width: 27 cm. Depth: 17 cm.

Base side measurements: 17 x 17 cm.

Approx. weight: 8 kg.

Sculpture representing the Venus of Arles. The original is in the Louvre Museum and dates from the 1st century BC.

This sculpture of Venus was found in the French town of Arles in the 17th century during the excavation of a well. It was later moved to Versailles by King Louis XIV to adorn the Hall of Mirrors. During the French Revolution it became part of the confiscated property of the royal family and has been part of the Louvre’s collection since the museum was founded.

Venus – Aphrodite is the goddess of love in Greco-Roman mythology. She was born from the foam of the sea of Cyprus, fertilised by the genitals of Uranus, thrown there by his son Cronus (Saturn) after he had castrated him. Aphrodite is the “Mistress of the smile”, “braider of deceptions”.

During the trial of Paris, the goddesses Hera and Athena were powerless against her seductive beauty. She was the protector of Troy and of Prince Paris, and later of the Trojan hero Aeneas, son of Anchises and symbolic founder of Rome. She is also fecundity in plant and animal nature. The dove is his bird. His son is Eros – the Latin Cupid – capricious archer with two arrows: one for happy loves, the other for unhappy ones.


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