Aphrodite, the so-called Venus Genitrix
Roman, 1st century AD
H. : 125 cm. - W. : 38 cm. - D. : 36 cm.
Formerly in the Pamphilj collection, in the gardens of Villa Pamphilj in Rome, from at least the second half of the 17th century, restored as Euterpe. Reported in the same collection in 1850.
Then, in the French private collection of Dr. B. and M. C., sold by the Lair-Dubreuil auction house, Paris, 19 May 1910, lot no. 39 ; acquired by Georges Charbonneaux.
By descent in the same family since then.
- G. G. de Rossi, Villa Pamphilia eiusque palatium cum suis prospectibus, statuae, fontes, vivaria, theatra, areolae, plantarum, viarumque ordines (“Villa Pamphilj and its palace with its perspectives, statues, fountains, parks, theatres and array of courtyards, plants and paths”), Rome, s. a. [1650/1700], Plate 4 (“Euterpe. Dulci loquis calamos Euterpe atibus urget”).
- Comte de Clarac, Musée de sculpture antique et moderne (“Museum of antique and modern sculpture”), Vol. 4, Paris, 1850, p. 72, no. 1288b, Plate 632c.
- J. J. Bernoulli, Aphrodite (“Aphrodite) Leipzig, 1873, p. 87, no. 4.
- S. Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine (“Catalogue of Greek and Roman Statuary”), Vol. 1, Paris, 1897, p. 342, no. 3.
- S. Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine (“Catalogue of Greek and Roman Statuary”), Vol. 4, Paris, 1910, p. 198, no. 4.
- R. Calza, ed., Antichità di Villa Doria Pamphilj (“Antiques of Villa Doria Pamphilj”), Rome, 1977, p. 43, no. 10, Plate 9 (according to G. G. de Rossi).
- M. Brinke, Kopienkritische und typologische Untersuchungen zur statuarischen Überlieferung der Aphrodite Typus Louvre-Neapel (“Critical and typological investigation of the statuary tradition of the Louvre-Naples type of Aphrodite”), Hamburg, 1991, p. 171f., no. G44, and p. 202, no. G102.
Published in our catalogue COLLECTION, 2020.