Venus Felix

ca. 1510, Artist: Pier Jacopo Alari de Bonacolsi, gen. Antico



Venus Felix

A monumental Roman marble sculpture owned by Pope Julius II served as the model for this brilliantly executed statuette. Rather than merely copying the classical statue, however, Antico ingeniously reinterpreted it. He heightened its erotic appeal by allowing the deity’s cloak to slip below the pudendum, and enhanced the statuette’s sensuousness by applying a faultless dark finish and sumptuous gilding.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXIII

Object data

Object Name

Statuette; bronze sculpture




ca. 1510


Pier Jacopo Alari de Bonacolsi, gen. Antico (um 1460 Mantua - 1528 Gazzuolo) - GND


Partially gilded bronze, silver, limewood, Roman coins


29,8 cm × 12,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 5726

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