The Sacrifice to Venus, Louis-Simon Boizot, 1766
These are Boizot’s earliest known sculptures. He made them in Rome, where he worked and studied after having in 1762 won the Prix de Rome (a prize for artists that came with a travel stipend). The sacrificial scenes are conceived as antique reliefs, with simple scenes of draped women in profile. These works are early examples of Neoclassicism in sculpture.