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William Mulready RA, The Venus de' Medici

The Venus de' Medici, ca. 1800?

William Mulready RA (1786 - 1863)

RA Collection: Art

When Mulready began his formal training at the Royal Academy Schools, students began by drawing casts of Greek and Roman sculpture. The Venus de' Medici was one of the most celebrated Classical sculptures, revered as an example of ideal female beauty and frequently drawn by students. This early study by Mulready was probably drawn from one of the casts of the Venus then on display in the 'Antique School' at the Academy.

Object details

Title
The Venus de' Medici
Artist/designer
William Mulready RA (1786 - 1863)
Date
ca. 1800?
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Black chalk on brown/green laid paper
Dimensions

544 mm x 273 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
02/625
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Gilbert Bakewell Stretton 1949
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