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On display at V&A South Kensington
Cast Courts, Room 46, The Chitra Nirmal Sethia Gallery


2018 (made)
Place of origin

Cast glass reproduction of the 'Paolina Borghese'.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Cast glass.
Brief description
Cast glass copy of 'Paolina Borghese', part of a set of three
Adam Lowe & Giberto Arrivabene, Factum Arte (2013-16)
H 45 x W 40 x L 90 cms (each)
Physical description
Cast glass reproduction of the 'Paolina Borghese'.
  • Height: 45cm
  • Width: 40cm
  • Length: 90cm
Gallery label
3 COPIES OF ‘PAOLINA BONAPARTE AS VENUS VICTRIX', CA. 1805 3D stereolithographic printed resin painted white Crystal glass cast in a mould taken from a 3D print Painted plaster cast in a silicon piece mould taken from a 3D print Factum Arte, Madrid, 2013-16 Purchase funded by the Friends of the V&A Museum nos. A.17, 18, 19-2018 These three statues were created from digital scans of a marble original by the Italian sculptor, Antonio Canova, in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Paolina Bonaparte as Venus Victrix shows Princess Paolina Bonaparte, in the guise of the triumphant goddess Venus, soon after she married into the Borghese family. The statues are one-third of the size of the original sculpture, demonstrating the ease with which 3D models can be scaled and manipulated to produce new works of art. The bright white copy is a high-resolution 3D print in resin. The other two versions, in painted plaster and glass, were both cast in moulds produced directly from a 3D print. The glass version was particularly complex to produce and took over ten weeks to cool and set after casting. The production of these statues, combining new technology with more traditional casting techniques, highlights the versatility of modern 3D replication and the debt it owes to historical methods. (30.11.2018)
Credit line
Purchase funded by the Friends of the V&A
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Record createdJuly 17, 2018
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