Left Hand of Venus de' Medici - Item #604
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
12 Inches High x 5 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep
This piece is the full-sized left hand from the famous Venus de' Medici that stands at about 60 inches tall. Venus de' Medici is a Hellenistic marble copy of a bronze original. It entered the Medici collection sometime before 1638 when an anthology noted its presence in the collection. Those on the Grand Tour made a point to see it in the Tribuna of the Uffizi Gallery. It has been reproduced in many different sizes and materials for centuries.
Museum: Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Time Period: Ancient Greek/Ancient Roman - Hellenistic, 1st century B.C.E.
1911 Catalog ID # - 14302
Dearinger, David B. "Venus de' Medici." Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenæum, edited by Stanley Ellis Cushing and David B. Dearinger, The Boston Athenæum, 2006, pp. 256-258. Boston Athenæum, https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/about/publications/selections-acquired-tastes/venus-de-medici
"Venus de' Medici." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_de%27_Medici#cite_ref-1