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Unidentified Roman sculptor, Cast of Esquiline Venus

Cast of Esquiline Venus, 19th century

After Unidentified Roman sculptor

RA Collection: Art

This cast was taken from a marble statue, now in the Capitoline Museums, Rome, which was excavated from the Esquiline Hill, Rome in 1874. The discovery of the sculpture inspired paintings by Victorian Neo-classicists, such as Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s ‘The Sculptor’s Model’ (1877) and Edward Poynter’s ‘Diadumenè’ (1884).

The original statue depicts the goddess Venus and is thought to be a Roman copy made in the 1st century AD of a Greek original dating from the 1st century BC.

Object details

Cast of Esquiline Venus
Original attributed to
Cast made by
Original in Capitoline Museums, Rome
19th century
Object type
Sculpture Cast
Plaster cast

1582 mm x 411 mm x 413 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
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