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Venafro, Molise, Italy closed Visit museumarrow_right_alt

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Funerary Monument
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Togati characters
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Apollo
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Venus Landolina
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Sarcophagus
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Augusteo Edict of Venafro
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Pan flute
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The king
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the Bishop
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To be decorated
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To the queen
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Tower
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The pedestrian
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The horse
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Early medieval chess
Funerary Monument
Togati characters
Apollo
Venus Landolina
Sarcophagus
Augusteo Edict of Venafro
Pan flute
The king
the Bishop
To be decorated
To the queen
Tower
The pedestrian
The horse
Early medieval chess

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Description

The statue of Venus found in 1958 during the construction of a house along Via Colonia Giulia in Venafro (IS) dates back to the 2nd century AD. It takes up the type of the so-called Landolina, one of the variants of the Hellenistic age of the Venus of Cnidus by the famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles. It is probably a fountain decoration: water must have gushed from the dolphin that flanks it. Already exhibited in the National Museum of Chieti, it was brought back to the city of Venafro in view of the opening of the Archaeological Museum. Certainly the statue stands out for its plastic beauty and the soft rendering of the curves; the particular adherence to the body of the dress and hairstyle gives the impression that the goddess has just completed her ritual bath. The Venus is a symbol of Hellenistic sculpture and still represents one of the major attractions within the Archaeological Museum of Venafro.

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