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

Venus Anadyomene

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.