DANTI, Vincenzo
(b. 1530, Perugia, d. 1576, Perugia)

Venus Anadyomene

1572-73
Bronze, height 98 cm
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Venus Anadyomene ("Venus Rising From the Sea") is one of the iconic representations of Aphrodite, made famous in a much-admired painting by Apelles, now lost, but described in Pliny's Natural History. Danti's statuette is from the 'studiolo' of Francesco I de' Medici. It was produced after Danti's successful completion of the monumental Beheading group on the Florence Baptistry.