Bronze Statue Depicting Mars and Venus after the Original by Canova


A late 19thC bronze statue of Mars and Venus after the original life-size marble statue by Antonio Canova, (1757-1822), the original displayed at one end of the Marbles Hall in Buckingham Palace in London. In the allegory, the partially draped Roman Goddess Venus is standing in a loving embrace with her arms around Mars’ neck gazing upwards. Mars is shown totally nude wearing a Roman Centurion helmet and embracing Venus with one arm while he is holding a spear with the other. The Greek god of war Ares, succumbs to the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, in this timeless sculpture of mythology’s most legendary love story. The statue is set on a bronze base on a further shaped marble base.

This original marble statue of ‘Mars and Venus’ was carved by Antonio Canova from a single marble block and was commissioned by the Prince Regent for Carlton House in 1815. Canova’s visit to London was primarily to see the Elgin Marbles. The Prince Regent wanted a neoclassical allegorical statue of War and Peace after England’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Dimensions 28.5″ H (72cm)

Ref. AC MD1008

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