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Venus Rising from the Waves
  • Venus Rising from the Waves

    TitleVenus Rising from the Waves
  • Technique/ MaterialCarrara marble
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h) 147 cm
  • DatingMade 1785
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish, born 1740-08-28, dead 1814-02-26
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory No.NMSk 694
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1879
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    When Sergel portrays the love goddess Venus emerging from the sea he makes no attempt to cover her. Instead it is the gust of wind the guides her movement. Sergel based the work on the ancient Hellenistic Venus de’ Medici, which he had seen in Florence in 1773. This marble sculpture was commissioned by Duke Fredrik Adolf during his visit to Rome four years later, but Sergel only finished it in Stockholm in 1785. He retouched it 20 years later.