Dimensions H. 1.8 m (5 ft. 10 ¾ in.)
Credit line Borghese Collection; purchase, 1807
Accession number Ma 335
Location Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Sully, ground floor, room 17
Photographer/source Jastrow (2005)
Borghese Venus, 2nd century AD Roman marble copy of the Aphrodite of Cnidus (Capitoline Venus subtype). Once in the Borghese collection, it now resides in the Louvre Museum thanks to its purchase by Napoleon. The accompanying Cupid and dolphin are both classical attributes of Venus but are probably the addition of the Roman copyist.
Other ancient Venuses at the Louvre
Three other Venuses were acquired from the Borghese collection at the same time, though the last two are far more restored than this example - 'Aphrodite at the pillar', an 'Armed Venus' and a Venus Pudica .