Venus of Arles Sculpture: Gallery
Looks good, but not as a focal point
The "Venus of Arles" is sometimes said to be "by Praxiteles," which is so misleading as to be basically a flat-out lie. #You can read the whole story on Wikipedia.# No works "by Praxiteles" survive today. Still, it's a graceful and charming work of #mostly# classical sculpture.
This replica, available in different sizes, appears accurate. Its main drawback is, it's made of polyresin. Polyresin doesn't look like marble or any other stone; it looks like polyresin. No matter which size you get, it'll come off best if you don't draw too much attention to it. It's great and economical for filling up this corner or that garden niche, but not something you'd want to place front-and-center. It's not gonna make people's jaws drop.
On the plus side, polyresin is much easier to care for, especially outdoors, than marble or any other stone, and also much lighter and portable. And the price is good, so it's a value, yessirree.
Consider placement too. Here, Venus is depicted with her head down and glance even further down. You'll want to have it so her head is above the viewer's; elsewise, they'll be tended to tilt their head to the side in an unconscious attempt to meet her gaze.
I do recommend it, as long as you're not thinking it will be the centerpiece of your décor. And whichever size you select, I highly recommend placing it so Venus's head is well above that of any viewers.
July 23, 2014
love it in my window going upstairs. Many see it and ask where I purchased it and of course some of my family & a friend bought one from this site. Well made and looks like real stone. Well packeage and fast shipping, I highly suggest buying this beautiful statue.
April 16, 2014
WELL MADE AND A GREAT SIZE. I AM THRILLED WITH THIS PURCHASE.
January 6, 2014
A lovely addition to my collection...
This graceful Goddess of Love is presently on the top of my tall book shelf in my living room, and her classical resplendence dominates the scene. She appears to be quite durable in construction, and is undoubtedly a statue that will have a special place in my collection for years to come.
As always, the packaging provided by DT was impeccable, insuring the statue reached me in one piece..
I would definitely recommend this item.
November 15, 2013
I have purchased from Design Toscano before and will certainly do so again. My intent is to use the sculpture for cast drawings, so my point of view is one of careful observation. Overall, the statue is a terrific value for its size. What I feel is lacking, however, is the feminine features of her face and upper torso. If you are looking for an element of decor, it is certainly a pleasing effort, but look closely, and the masculine overtones are too apparent for my taste.
November 11, 2013
There is No "Apple of Discord" Over How Much We Love Her!
On a recent trip to Paris, my normally crowd-averse husband deigned to accompany me for a second consecutive day of touring the crowded Louvre. Brave and patient man that he is, he endured many hours on his feet, navigating room after people-packed room of Egyptian artifacts, Italian paintings and medieval and modern sculpture that I wanted to see.
Being a career pilot, I thought perhaps the Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) would excite him, but he didn't seem outwardly moved or effusive...until we came upon Praxiteles' Venus d'Arles in the Greek sculpture room. He stood transfixed...as if this Aphrodite of Thespiae was speaking to him. For weeks afterward when we spoke of our trip, he would mention that seeing this statue was one of the highlights of his vacation.
I was very excited to find that Design Toscano offered beautiful replicas of this lovely lady. When I surprised my husband with her as a gift for our first wedding anniversary this month, he was speechless. She now stands in a place of honor on an oak corner-piece in his "Man Cave" bar and poker room. Every time I see her, I relive the happy moment of watching him meet her for the first time.
On a humorous note, the Louvre posts a plaque near the works of Praxiteles that proclaims him in three languages to be "The Athenian sculptor who invented the female nude." According to my husband, this clever 'invention' elicits appreciation from most men, art lovers or not.
Thank you so much for making it possible for me to give my guy the perfect gift. She's absolutely stunning!
July 19, 2012
This statue is very solid and feels more like it was carved out of stone then my other statues. I love the look and how it makes my home look that much more beautiful :) Thanks
February 20, 2012
I bought this sculpture a while back and it still looks beautiful until now. It makes my home look more elegant.
February 4, 2012