French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
© artiste : public domain | public domain

d'après un modèle attribué à
Paris 1666 - Paris 1743

France 18e siècle

Vénus marine
Venus Marina

fonte probablement postérieure d'après un modèle vers 1710

64,8 x 54,9 x 29,5

N° d'inv. : 74.SB.16
Credit Line : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, The J. Paul Getty Museum


  • Museum's website, accessed 22 March 2012 and August 6, 2018
  • 1997 Fusco
    Peter Fusco, Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997, p. 31, repr.


  • 2009 Los Angeles
    Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, June 30-September 27, 2009
  • 2001-2012 Los Angeles/Houston
    Paris: Life & Luxury, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, April 26-August 7, 2011; Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, September 18, 2011-January 2, 2012


D'après un modèle attribué à Robert Le Lorrain (1666-1743).

Museum's website, accessed August 6, 2018:
Leaning back, Venus, goddess of love and beauty, gently twists her head to look at the small wreath she holds aloft in her left hand. Nude, her drapery falling down upon her legs, she rests on a rock amidst seashells. According to myth, Venus was born from the foam of the sea, an aspect of her legend suggested by the sculpture's title, Venus Marina. Although cupid or a dolphin usually accompanies Venus Marina, neither are present here.
This tabletop bronze was made after a model attributed to the French sculptor Robert Le Lorrain. As was characteristic of the Rococo period, the sculpture is a subtle work with no large movements or heroic story. A restrained sensuality of delicate curves and flowing drapery dominates as the sculptor focused on small variations of texture and line. He contrasted, for example, the complex shape and rough texture of the striated rock with Venus's smooth skin and simple open forms. Other similar Venus figures attest to the popularity of this genre of sculpture in France in the early 1700s.