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Plaquette - The Toilet of Venus
  • The Toilet of Venus
    Abondio, Antonio, born 1538 - died 1591
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The Toilet of Venus

  • Object:

    Plaquette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abondio, Antonio, born 1538 - died 1591 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead in low relief

  • Museum number:

    5412-1859

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette in lead shows the Toilet of Venus and is made by Antonio Abondio in the second half of the sixteenth century in Italy.

It depicts the head and shoulders of Venus, a Cupid holds up a mirror in his left hand, and above another attendant, whose head only is seen, is plaiting the hair of Venus.

The medallist and sculptor Antonio Abondio was born in 1538 in Milan and died in 1596 in Vienna.
He and Leone Leoni were the only Italian medallists to be highly successful as court medallists north of the Alps. His eclectic style reflects Italian, German and Netherlandish sources. He was influenced by the Venetian Alessandro Vittoria and earlier by Alfonso Ruspagiari and the school of wax modellers and medallists centred on Reggio Emilia.

Physical description

Plaquette depicts in front the head and shoulders of Venus, on the left the profile of an attendant lifting a comb; to the right Cupid holds up a mirror in his left hand, and above another attendant, whose head only is seen, is plaiting the hair of Venus.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

second half of 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Abondio, Antonio, born 1538 - died 1591 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Lead in low relief

Dimensions

Height: 9.35 cm, Width: 7.2 cm

Descriptive line

Lead plaquette, depicting the Toilet of Venus, with Venus, Cupid and two attendants, by Antonio Abondio, Italy, second half of 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 41
Maclagan, Eric. Catalogue of Italian Plaquettes . London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924, p. 45

Materials

Lead

Techniques

Low relief

Subjects depicted

Hair; Mirror

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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