Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix (or Venus Victorious)

7/13/2021, 3:15:10 PM
Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix (or Venus Victorious), c.1805-08 is a semi-nude life-size neo-Classical portrait sculpture by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. It was commissioned by Pauline Bonaparte’s husband Camillo Borghese. Making quite a stir among her contemporaries, the princess dressed within the guise of the goddess Venus, who was triumphant within the Judgment of Paris, to exaggerate her social and dynastic status and her popular magnificence. Paolina (1780-1825) is lying semi-nude on a painted wood dormeuse beautified with gilded insets, her slim fingers holding the apple credited to the goddess as a sign recognizing her supremacy among the female divinities. Antiquated beauty and compositional guile come together within the naturalistic, nearly pictorial rendering of the delicate tissue and the light cloak covering her hips. Canova chose a theme from Greek mythology to create this masterpiece. He portrayed Pauline while holding an apple in her left hand evoking Venus’ victory in the contest between the three most beautiful goddess of Olympus (Hera or Juno, Athena or Minerva, and Aphrodite or Venus) for the prize of a golden apple addressed “To the Fairest”. 🏛️: Galleria Borghese, Rome. #arteesamor #historyofart #arthistory #sculpture #sculptureoftheday #sculptureart #marble #antoniocanova #canova #masterpiece #beautiful #femalebeauty #nude #19thcenturyart #19thcentury #borghese #artlovers #artgallery #arte #neoclassicism #neoclassical

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