Danube Virtual Museum

Head of Venus

Title: Head of Venus
Site: Belgrade Fortress
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1 AD - 500
Museum: National Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Epoch: Roman
Culture: Roman
Closer Dating: 2nd century
Material: Marble
Production Technique: Carving

Popоvić Lj. 1987, Classical Portraits in Yugoslavia, Belgrade

Tomović M. 1992. Roman sculpture in Upper Moesia, Belgrade


The expression, beauty and spirituality of the head of an attractive girl is captivating. Wavy hair is split in the middle while a bun, tied with a ribbon (tenia), is in the middle of the nape. Calm facial expression and a hidden sensibility of ideal female beauty have been accomplished by harmonizing modeling with the upward look from big almond eyes and a regular nose in proportion to the entire face. On ear tufts there are openings for earrings.

Was this head of a girl a part of a portrait or a cult sculpture of life-size Venus? Its ideal beauty speaks in favor of the argument that it is a cult statue of Venus. However, this head can be connected to the characteristics of a portrait of Komodo’s wife Crispin kept in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu.