The most important Renaissance bronze statue to enter the collections since the founding of the National Gallery of Art, Venus and Cupid provided a happy culmination to former director J. Carter Brown's long search for a work of sculpture to grace the central fountain on the ground floor near the Constitution Avenue entrance. We now have responsibility for the sculpture’s maintenance, repairs and insurance. [4], Coordinates: 54°05′04″N 2°49′59″W / 54.08436°N 2.83298°W / 54.08436; -2.83298, "Venus and Cupid fund may lead to Morecambe arts trust", "Venus and Cupid statue fenced off for repairs", "Morecambe's Venus and Cupid statue will move to town's Arndale Centre", "Venus and Cupid statue is coming back to the prom this coming Saturday", "Unveiling of new art in Morecambe's West End", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Venus_and_Cupid_(sculpture)&oldid=944412584, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 7 March 2020, at 18:22. At his death in 1559 Thame Park was inherited by his eldest daughter, Isabella, who was married to Richard Wenman. Pressing close to his mother's body and reaching out with a conch shell to catch the droplets falling from her hair, the plump little boy with his waving curls and impetuous action makes an appealing contrast to her cool elegance. overall (height): 124.5 cm (49 in.) Read our full Open Access policy for images. [7], Shane Johnstone describes himself as "Originally a fairground artist in Blackpool and Morecambe". His work includes murals, mosaic work, sculpture and stained glass and he has been involved in many community art projects, including a 2015 piece of public art in Morecambe's West End, and the renovation of Ulverston's statue of Laurel and Hardy. 100, not sold); purchased 31 December 1991 through (Christie, Manson & Woods, London) by NGA. Whereas Giambologna provided an urn under Venus' left foot to generate her twisting, sinuous pose, the Washington sculptor enlivened the composition with a dolphin that spouts water and supports Venus' small son Cupid. Aubrey and Georgiana's son, Wenman Aubrey Wykeham-Musgrave, owned Thame Park by 1909, and after his death it was sold to W.H. Their grandson, Sir Richard Wenman, was created Viscount Wenman of Tuam in the Irish peerage in 1628. Read our full Open Access policy for images. The wedding is celebrated with a banquet on Mount Olympus and the bride is granted immortality. This emphasizes Augustus' claims of divine lineage of the Julian family to Aeneas, the founder of Italy , and Venus. The lithe Venus, wringing water from her long hair, is a close variant of Giambologna's Florence (Venus) from the Villa Medici at Castello, now on view at La Petraia, another villa near Florence. The seventh Viscount's heir was his nephew, William Richard Wykeham, who died a few months after him, leaving a daughter, Sophia Elizabeth, to succeed to the ownership of Thame Park. In 2012 we started a campaign to raise money to save the Venus & Cupid Sculpture by buying it and securing its future in Morecambe. A Cupid might appear among the several statuettes for private devotion in a household shrine, but there is no clear distinction between figures for veneration and those displayed as art or decoration. So we still need your help in funding the cost of looking after Venus and we will continue with … (artist), Giovanni Bologna Shane Johnstone describes himself as "Originally a fairground artist in Blackpool and Morecambe". [2] The sculpture was offered for sale by "a family trust", where it had been for many years. Open Access image. 7th St and Constitution Ave NW Cupid, or Eros, is Venus's son. The sculptor, Shane Johnstone, used the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, replacing the missing tiles with gold leaf to celebrate the repair rather than attempting to hide it. [1] private collection, England;[2] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 10 December 1991, no. The Venus & Cupid Arts Trust was formed to save the sculpture and to care for other public art in Morecambe. The National Gallery of Art serves the nation by welcoming all people to explore and experience art, creativity, and our shared humanity. His work includes murals, mosaic work, sculpture and stained glass and he has been involved in many community art projects, including a 2015 piece of public art in Morecambe's West End, and the renovation of Ulverston's statue of Laurel and Hardy. Its prominent place in the ground floor sculpture installation creates a counterpart to the fountain in the main floor Rotunda, whose central bronze figure of Mercury is also an invention of Giambologna. Wykeham-Musgrave," Country Life XXVI (17 July 1909): 90-97.). [2][3] The trust is responsible for the sculpture's insurance, maintenance and repairs. There’s dozens of sculptures along the promenade and two that get talked about – Eric Morecambe and my scu… 6th St and Constitution Ave NW Recently renovated,the Venus and Cupid sculpture can be see on the Coast Road, on your right, as you drive into Morecambe from Carnforth, near Happy Mount Park. At her death in 1870, her successor was her cousin, Herbert Wykeham, who was followed by his brother, Aubrey Wykeham, who had married Georgiana Musgrave. The Medici bronze was probably modeled in the 1560s and cast c. 1570 - 1572. The style and the pronounced links with works in Florence suggest that this is the creation of an artist who had access to Giambologna's workshop, and thus was a close collaborator. [1], It was erected in 2005 on Scalestone Point, site of a former gun emplacement, between the coast road and the sea, and commemorates the 24 cockle-pickers who died in the bay in 2004. There’s dozens of sculptures along the promenade and two that get talked about – Eric Morecambe and my sculpture". (related artist) A famous Roman marble statue of Cupid and Psyche kissing, now in the Capitoline in Rome, has inspired white bisque porcelain and Parian figures by Sèvres and Minton.