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Venus Italica by Canova



Venus Italica recasting of the sculpture

The Venus Italica is a marble sculpture commissioned by Napoléon Bonaparte and created by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. Canova completed the original work in 1802 and modelled two further versions, which he finished in 1819.


The work was intended as a replacement for the Venus de Medici, the Roman marble copy of an ancient work by Cleomenes of Athens, which had been confiscated in 1802 on Bonaparte’s orders, taken to France and installed in the Louvre. After Napoleon’s abdication, the Venus de Medici was returned to Italy in 1815 and has been on display in the Venus Room of the Galleria Palatina in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence ever since.

Canova’s Venus Italica is considered one of the most subtle and complex creations of this great sculptor. Canova refused to copy the stolen Venus and instead gave “his” Venus his typical neoclassical style.


“When I saw this divine work by Canova”, wrote the poet Ugo Foscolo in 1811, “I sighed with a thousand wishes, for truly, if the Medici Venus is a beautiful goddess, this is a beautiful woman”.


Due to this popularity, numerous replicas were made. It is interesting to note that Canova did not copy directly from the ancient figure, but made a clay model from which plaster casts were made, which he in turn considered to be the original work of art.


Buy a bronze cast statue of Venus Italica in museum quality

The sculpture is produced as a bronze cast using the traditional lost wax technique. The basis for the replica, which you can buy in our online shop, is a plaster cast of the original in Florence.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to the classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the Venus Italica statue shown here. You can purchase these as marble casts made from powdered genuine white marble and commission us to have the statue re-cast by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.


Patinating the statue

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that the bronze undergoes over time.

weather differently depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We will be happy to provide you with samples of suitable patinas in advance.


Individualisation of the Venus Italica replica statue

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.


Your very personal legacy, buy a Venus Italica replica

Our life-size cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic replicas, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, this statue becomes an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.


Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity.


In keeping with the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome, the statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements.


Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

Antique statues are hardly available in the original. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Venus Italica by Canova
Item No.S34
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)173 cm x 48,5 cm x 52 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT£22,000.00