The statuette’s scale speaks to its likely place in private, intimate settings. The serpentine composition would have encouraged close examination from multiple angles. Compare the complexity of her pose to the relatively static Venus with a Burning Urn (1948.171).

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  • Title: Venus after the Bath
  • Creator: Giambologna (Flemish, active Italy, 1529–1608), Giambologna (Flemish, active Italy, 1529–1608)
  • Date Created: c. 1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 25.6 x 7 x 9 cm (10 1/16 x 2 3/4 x 3 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Samuel Mather Bishop, 1851-1931 (Cleveland, Ohio), by inheritance to his daughter, Constance Mather Bishop., Constance Mather Bishop, upon her death, by inheritance to Jonathan S. Bishop., Jonathan S. Bishop, by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1993.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1993.230
  • Medium: bronze
  • Fun Fact: Giambologna intended his bronze statuettes to be held and touched, to fully appreciate their smooth, elegant forms.
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Italy, early 17th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the family of Constance Mather Bishop
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1993.230

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