The cast depicts the goddess Venus in the moment immediately preceding her bath; entirely naked of her, she is slightly leaning forward, in the act of protecting her chest and pubis with both arms. Her right leg is flexed and advanced, her left leg is supported. Her head is slightly bent to the left and has complex hair with a high "bow" knot and locks that fall over her shoulders. Her clothes are placed on an amphora, placed near the left leg. The original sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was found in Rome, near the basilica of San Vitale around 1666-1670 and was purchased and donated to the Capitoline collections by Pope Benedict XIV in 1752. The Venus of the Capitoline Museum he defined the so-called “Capitoline type”, of which numerous replicas are known. The statue is considered one of the earliest and most faithful replicas of the famous statue of Aphrodite Cnidia, made by Praxiteles around 360 BC. for the sanctuary of the goddess at Cnidus.