2016 NGV Annual Appeal: Fall in love with Vénus

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 23 May 2016.

2016 NGV Annual Appeal: Fall in love with Vénus image

The NGV has a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding eighteenth-century marble sculpture. Today we seek your support to make this possible.

With your help, François Marie Poncet’s Vénus, 1782, will become an important centrepiece of the NGV’s international art collection for current and future generations to study and enjoy.

Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is a major subject in the tradition of Western art and was a popular choice for artists in the eighteenth century. This tradition is superbly represented in the Gallery by an outstanding group of French paintings – but few equivalents in sculpture.

Poncet’s Vénus will be the first full length sculpture of its kind to enter the NGV Collection. Manifesting a concept of physical perfection, this is a beautiful work by a mature and esteemed sculptor at the height of his artistic practice.

We warmly thank you for considering a donation of any size to make this acquisition possible. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made online; by cheque made payable to the National Gallery of Victoria; or in person at the NGV.

To find out more please contact Misha Agzarian, Head of Fundraising, on 03 8620 2392 or email misha.agzarian@ngv.vic.gov.au.

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