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Drawing of a Statue of Venus with a Dolphin (The Medici Venus)

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Drawing of a Statue of Venus with a Dolphin (The Medici Venus) About 1730

Not on display

In the early 1730s, the antiquary Anton Francesco Gori started work on a comprehensive set of volumes called the 'Museum Florentium' that were intended to provide a visual record of the artistic treasures of Florence. He employed artists to draw copies of famous works which were subsequently engraved and published. This fine red chalk drawing of the ancient sculpture called 'The Medici Venus' was one of Campiglia's contributions to the Antique Sculpture volume (first published in 1734). The Medici Venus was celebrated as a model of female beauty. It was discovered in Rome in the sixteenth century, and for some time it was housed in the Villa Medici, Rome. In 1677 the sculpture was moved to Florence, where it was eventually installed in the Tribuna of the Uffizi.

Glossary Open


Relating to the study or collection of antiques, particularly from the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. It is also used for a person engaged in this work.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.


A wealthy and important family who ruled Florence for much of the 15th to the 18th centuries. During this period they commissioned many great artists and architects including Fra Angelico, Donatello, and Botticelli.

Red chalk

A type of chalk containing the mineral hematite, a form of iron oxide, that is used for drawing.

Antiquarian, Commission, Engraving, Medici, Red chalk


  • Acc. No. D 1988
  • Medium Red chalk on paper
  • Size 53.70 x 37.00 cm
  • Credit Lady Murray of Henderland Gift 1860 as a memorial of her husband, Lord Murray of Henderland