Vénus à la pomme - Bertel Thorvaldsen
Here Venus is depicted right after her victory in the beauty contest, being declared the most beautiful goddess by the earthly prince Paris. -
The Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen depicts her gazing at the apple in her one hand, her newly won prize and the token beauty, the other hand gripping the clothes on the tree stump to put them back on.
An incredible late Georgian Cameo Ring, set with a hand carved depiction of "Night" by Bertel Thorvaldsen. The original marble relief hangs in the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, opposite it's counterpart "Day". This ring dates to c.1830, modelled in 18k gold throughout and set with a shell cameo.
From the Thorvaldsen Museum's description of the works: "The reliefs Night and Day that hang opposite each other at the Museum, are Thorvaldsen’s most popular reliefs. As opposites they represent the two halves of a day, and together symbolise the wholeness of a day. Night personified floats passively over the sky with her neck bent. Her eyes are closed as is the eyes of the children in her embrace. Her hair is braided with poppies, with their sleep-inducing capacities, known since Antiquity. The animal of the night – an owl – flies directly and as if urging out towards us. Be quiet!" Swipe right to see the original....... #antiquejewelry#GeorgianRing#night#cameoring#butterlaneantiques#oldgold#thorvaldsen#thorvaldsensnight
Thorvaldsens Museum opened in 1848 and was the first public museum building in Denmark - It houses the work of the world-famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770- 1844) and his private collection of art and antiquities.