"Venus" (Seated Woman)

after 1769

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The figure of a nude women sits on the ground with her knees raised and her ankles crossed, holding in her right hand a strap or ribbon attached to a quiver containing roses, and with her left grasping more roses which lie beside her on some drapery. A statue meeting this descripiton was shown in the Salon of 1769, however, other versions exist and as they are not signed it is difficult to be sure which one was shown. A version very closely resembling this one can be found in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, which comes with a gilt wood base. The composition seems to have been well known in the late eighteenth-century. See Henry Hawley, "Tassaert's 'Venus,' not Falconet's 'Flora,'" Antologia di Belle Arti, La Scultura, Studi in onore di Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki, Nuova Serie, 48-51, 1994, pp. 100-106. This piece is fully carved in the round.


  • Title: "Venus" (Seated Woman)
  • Creator: Jean Pierre Antoine Tassaert (Flemish, 1727-1788)
  • Date Created: after 1769
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Sculptor: Jean Pierre Antoine Tassaert (Flemish, 1727-1788)
  • Provenance: Seligmann, Rey & Gruel [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [see album of Seligmann]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: figurines
  • Medium: white marble
  • Exhibitions: French Painting and Sculpture. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1935.
  • Dimensions: H: 12 x W: 11 13/16 x D: 9 3/8 in. (30.48 x 30 x 23.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914
  • Classification: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 27.306

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