Venus, Niccolò Roccatagliata, c. 1600
Venus stands on her right leg on a round pedestal, with her left leg bent. Her upper body leans slightly forward. She holds an apple in her right hand and gazes at it, with her left hand against her chest. Her wavy hair is gathered in a knot on top of her head. No other art form expresses Renaissance ideals as powerfully as bronze statuettes and everyday objects. Bronze, a precious and durable alloy of copper and tin, was the main material, along with marble, in which art works of Classical antiquity were preserved. During the Renaissance, many bronzes were modelled on excavated ancient Roman statues. Gods and heroes were favourite themes.