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Napoleon's sister, Pauline, posed for this bodacious Venus sculpture, and she wasn't shy about letting the court get a glimpse of her goods.

In fact, it was her idea to take most of her clothes off! Originally Canova wanted to sculpt Pauline as Diana, goddess of the hunt, but because she wanted to be naked soooo badly, he had to change the goddess to Venus, the goddess of love. Can't be clothed for that job! Perhaps this was a bit of rebellion for Pauline, who was married off to Prince Camillo Borghese at the suggestion of the Pope. He thought it might improve relations with French-occupied Northern Italy.

Camillo Borghese was super rich and had one of the greatest art collections of all time. Napoleon ended up making his brother-in-law an offer he could not refuse and much of the Borghese collection ended up in the Louvre. But back to Pauline. She was a strongminded lady who cavorted with a number of men other than her husband, so the marriage was not very happy.

On the plus side, she was an awesomely loyal sister to Napoleon and the only member of the family who stuck with him through thick and thin. Lorenzo Borghese, who wrote a book about his great great great great grandma, Pauline, appeared on ABC's The Bachelor.

The marble was rubbed with beeswax to make it extra shiny, and the whole sculpture was placed on a rotating stand so everyone could admire Pauline, err Venus, from every angle.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Venus Victrix (Canova)

Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix (or Venus Victorious) is a semi-nude life-size reclining neo-Classical portrait sculpture by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. Reviving the ancient Roman artistic traditions of portrayals of mortal individuals in the guise of the gods, and of the beautiful female form reclining on a couch (as most often seen in reclining portrayals of Hermaphroditi), it was commissioned by Pauline Bonaparte's husband Camillo Borghese and executed in Rome from 1805 to 1808, after the subject's marriage into the Borghese family. It then moved to Camillo's house in Turin, then to Genoa, only arriving in its present home (the Galleria Borghese in Rome) around 1838.

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