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Statuette - Venus with a staff

Venus with a staff

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1590 - ca. 1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze. Quaternary alloy (low zinc).

  • Museum number:

    A.82-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze statuette was inteded as a firdog figure and represents Venus as a nude female figure holding a staff.
The great majority of bronzes produced during the Italian Renaissance were made for use, so-called 'functional bronzes', which, however beautiful in their own right, nevertheless had some practical use beyond simple ornament. The furnishing of the study was indeed one of the most important tasks of bronze casting.

Firedogs or andirons were placed within the fireplace and would have been used to hold utensials which were required for tending the fire. Often, firedogs do not even appear on inventories, which indicates their status as standard household objects, not necessarily worthy of particular note.

Physical description

A nude female figure (Venus) standing with a staff in her right hand and the left hand touching her left breast.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

ca. 1590 - ca. 1625 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze. Quaternary alloy (low zinc).

Dimensions

Height: 43 cm, Width: 10.5 cm, Weight: 5,650.5 g

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956 (formerly loan number 5167).

Descriptive line

Statuette, firedog figure, bronze, Venus with a staff, Italian (Venice), ca. 1590-1625

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

p. 298
Motture, Peta. “The Production of Firedogs in Renaissance Venice”, in: Motture, Peta (ed.), Large Bronzes in the Renaissance, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003, pp. 276-307
Motture, Peta. “The Production of Firedogs in Renaissance Venice”, in: Motture, Peta (ed.), Large Bronzes in the Renaissance, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003, pp. 276-307

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Staff; Nude female figure

Categories

Bronze; Sculpture; Household objects; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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