model c. 1710, probably cast later
Dimensions (HxWxD): 25 1⁄2 x 21 5⁄8 x 11 5⁄8 in.
Acc. No.: 74.SB.16
Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Photo credit: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Museum's website, accessed 22 March 2012, August 6, 2018, and August 21, 2019
- 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.
- 2008 Scherf
Guilhem Scherf, Entry for Andromeda by a Parisian Artist, early 18th century, from Dresden Collection, in Cast in Bronze. French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Edited by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Guilhem Scherf, with James David Draper for the English-language edition, Paris, Musée du Louvre, October 22, 2008-January 19, 2009; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 24-May 24, 2009; Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, June 30-September 27, 2009, Musée du Louvre Editions / Somogy Editions d'Art, 2008, p. 420-421: the Getty bronze is mentioned p. 420; Scherf says: "We should probably see it as the production of an independent sculptor, one possibly influenced by the widely popular Andromeda [by Le Lorrain] belonging to Crozat, but who followed an entirely personal course; the model is in fact very unlike the Le Lorrain piece."
- 2008 Los Angeles
Cast in Bronze. French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, June 30-September 27, 2009
2011-2012 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
- 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.