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Venus Drying Her Hair
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Venus Drying Her Hair

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Description Marble is a difficult material for a statuette of a nude figure, as the limbs are apt to break. This figure is supported by a tree stump touching her leg. In the bronze original, Venus wrung out the long tresses of her hair with raised arms, while in the marble this motif has been altered to connecting, flat strips of marble that resemble bands for binding up her hair. These constraints can be contrasted with the freedom of movement enjoyed by the statuettes in bronze. A similar ancient marble statuette of the goddess Diana is on the sideboard in the painting, "The Archdukes Visiting a Collector's Cabinet" (Walters 37.2010).
Date Description Narrative
11/07/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
4/16/1996Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Artisans of Ancient Rome. The Newark Museum, Newark. 1997-1998.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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2nd century (Imperial)
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17 3/16 in. (43.7 cm)


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