Statue of a Crouching Venus (Post Con.- 3/4 view, front right)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Statue of a crouching Venus accompanied by Cupid and a swan. Venus is missing the right arm below her shoulder, left forearm and foot, and part of the right foot. She is nude except for a serpent-like helixes (armlet) worn on her left arm. She leans forward, her arms crossed in front of her, left elbow braced on her left leg. She supports herself on the toes of her right foot, her leg bent such that she sits on her heel. Her head is turned sharply to her right. The figure of Cupid, standing behind her and to the right, is missing his head, left leg, and lower right leg. He clings tightly to Venus, his left hand stretched up along her back, the right extended forward around her right hip. The swan, compressed beneath the statue's left side, is likely a support. The statue is modelled after the Crouching Aphrodite type, attributed to the 3rd century B.C. sculptor Doidalsas of Bithynia.


  • Title: Statue of a Crouching Venus (Post Con.- 3/4 view, front right)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: A.D. 100–150
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: 115 × 56.7 × 72.6 cm (45 1/4 × 22 5/16 × 28 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Mythological figure
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gray marble
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 55.AA.10
  • Culture: Roman
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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