Stock No: 16082

A fine late 19th century Neapolitan patinated bronze figure of the Venus de Medici after the antique. Likely cast by the Fonderia Sommer, Naples. The Fonderia Sommer offered three different types of patination on their bronzes, as this exmaple features the "Herculaneum Patination", which shows a level of patina and verdigris often seen on ancient bronzes.
Italian, c.1870.

Notes: The Venus de' Medici or Medici Venus is a monumental Hellenistic marble sculpture depicting the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite dating from the 1st-century BC. The sculpture was originally recorded in 1638 at the Medici Villa, Rome and is now in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.

The Sommer Foundry was one of the main Neopolitan foundries that manufactured Grand Tour bronzes for the grand-tourists of the nineteenth-century. Giorgio Sommer was a German photographer and artisan and started the foundry in the 1870s.

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