Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Crouching Venus

The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, managed by Arts Council England, is bragging about the number of treasures it saved for the nation: 7 between 1 May 2011 and 30 April 2012 (CLICK). One I missed is Flemish sculptor John Nost the Elder's The Crouching Venus (1702). Inset is a detail showing a jug lying on its side, indicating that Venus was disturbed while washing herself. This was bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. You'll find it under Sculpture in room 23.


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