Venus de Medicis
supposed to be the production of Cleomenes of Athens, who lived
in the second century before the Christian era. In the seventeenth
century it was dug up in the villa of Hadrian, near Tivoli, in eleven
pieces; but it is all ancient except the right arm. It was removed in
1680, by Cosmo III., to the Imperial Gallery at Florence, from the
Medici Palace at Rome.
So stands the statue that enchants the world,
So bending tries to veil the matchless boast,
The mingled beauties of exulting Greece.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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