European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Birth of Venus
Heinrich Keller, Swiss (active Rome), 1771 - 1832
1986-26-266The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
LabelKeller'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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