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Venus Marina, Cupid at Her Side

Artist:
Benedetto Pistrucci (Italian, 1783–1855, active England)
Date:
ca. 1820–30
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Onyx, gold
Dimensions:
Visible cameo, overall: 1 13/16 x 1 3/16 in. (4.5 x 3 cm), 45.3 x 30 mm; Overall (in setting): 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (5.7 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.49
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Amazingly, the relief’s surface is concave. Benedetto Pistrucci used his drill in a virtuoso excavation of the strata, employing the palest brown to outline the goddess’s shell and team of dolphins, shaping an exquisite bowknot from the foremost brown, and piercing the white layer perilously close to the black ground to define the sail-like drapery and dainty silken reins. The frame of about 1820–30 was later fleshed out with filigree.
Signature: Incised on right: PISTRUCCI

Marking: None
Milton Weil (until 1940; to MMA)
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