Crouching Venus


A 19th century alabaster of the Crouching Venus.
The Crouching Venus is a Hellenistic model of Venus surprised at her bath. Venus crouches with her right knee close to the ground, turns her head to the right and, in most versions, reaches her right arm over to her left shoulder to cover her breasts. To judge by the number of copies that have been excavated on Roman sites in Italy and France, this variant on Venus seems to have been popular. The unrestored version from the Borghese collection, now in the Louvre, and the "Lely" Venus in the British Museum (both shown here) are considered among the best examples.

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