The Birth of Venus

Heinrich Keller, Swiss (active Rome), 1771 - 1832

c. 1799


40 1/2 x 51 inches (102.9 x 129.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 293, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986

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Keller's vision of the birth of Venus, who emerged from the sea in the form of a beautiful, nude woman, enjoyed a certain success at the end of the eighteenth century. This example, intended to decorate a fountain, is one of seven marbles Keller executed. He also created two alabaster versions and several smaller bronze statuettes. The pose of Venus was inspired by an ancient bronze of the goddess from Portici, Italy.

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