Venus By Canova Sculpture Museum reproduction - Canova carved the original Venus Italica to replace the ancient Roman Medici Venus, seized by Napoleon in 1802 from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. In the true Neoclassical spirit, Canova decided to reinterpret the ancient work rather than carve an exact replica. Drawing inspiration from other classical statues of the goddess, he made several significant changes in the figure, as a result, his Venus appears more natural and her movement more gentle than the Medici Venus. The Venus Italica was immediately hailed as Canova's masterpiece and a worthy successor to the ancient Venus. This replica statue of the of the Italica Venus by Canova, and would be a wonder gift or addition to your home decor. Also know as the Shy Venus by Canova figurine. This is a wonderful replica of the Venus by Antonio Canova of the Venus Italica in a bronze finish.