Venus, goddess of beauty and love in ancient mythology, leans on a tree trunk to remove her remaining sandal. She turns inward, drawing the viewer in to examine her nude body. Carved fully in the round, the figure provides views from multiple angles.

Along with statues of Minerva and Juno, Venus illustrates the subject of the Judgment of Paris, drawn from ancient mythology, when Paris was asked to judge which of the three goddesses was the most beautiful. Venus, here carved in a satiny white marble and in the greatest state of undress, won.


  • Title: Venus (Main View, full front, post-conservation)
  • Creator: Joseph Nollekens
  • Date Created: 1773
  • Location Created: England
  • Physical Dimensions: 124 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm (48 13/16 × 20 × 20 in.)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Marble
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 87.SA.106
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Joseph Nollekens (English, 1737 - 1823)
  • Classification: Sculpture (Visual Works)

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