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Include Iemini?[edit]

I have restored the illustration and text relating to the Campo Iemini Venus, which is of the same type as the Capitoline Venus, to this page, in order to offer the Wikipedia reader the opportunity of direct comparison, which ought not to be denied. An encyclopedic entry discusses all the examples of the Capitoline Venus type on one page, in contrast to dictionary-style entries on every individual piece of sculpture or fragment. Needless to say, individual examples may have their own entries, if there is sufficient information to warrant them. --Wetman 18:36, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

I'ld say there's enough for a separate Iemini one, and that can then be linked from here for comparison. If it was an article entitled 'the Capitoline Venus type', then it'ld be valid to have both in full - as it is, 'Capitoline Venus' suggests the specific artefact held at the Capitoline Museum, not the type itself. I'm mainly trying to avoid the kind of mess that Venus de Medici got into a while ago, where it had about 3 separate Cnidian-type ones mixed up in it. Neddyseagoon - talk 18:57, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Merged talk on this issue[edit]

Cut and pasted from User talk:Wetman:

Capitoline Venus and Crouching Venus edits[edit]

Could I just take issue with your reverting my edits on those?

  • Capitoline Venus - 'not to create a separate one on each sculpture' - yes but these are 2 different sculptures, the BM one isn't a copy of the Capitoline Venus and so should be discussed separately.
  • Crouching Venus - if we're creating a list, surely asterisks are a good idea

Neddyseagoon - talk 18:55, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Would you take the article Madonna and Child, and separate it in bits, with an isolated article on each example, because after all none of them are exactly alike? Maybe you would. Thus you could with very little effort interfere with a reader's getting a general idea.
Well, there's no need to be sarcastic, and that's a far more extreme example than this one. I'm not 'separating it into bits' so crudely as that, just trying to clarify if it's on the type or on the specific artefact - I just feel that 'Capitoline Venus type' does not equal 'Capitoline Venus' (which is a single artefact), as you half-acknowledge below. Neddyseagoon 19:37, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
No one is keeping you from creating a stub on every single example, if you like. Capitoline Venus is a type, as you know from your art history. Indeed, the BM one isn't a copy of the Capitoline Venus: both are Roman copies of a lost Greek original. The variations are instructive, are they not? --Wetman 19:19, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Which would make far more sense - Capitoline Venus, with precis on both statues, and also as a list page for stubs on them both? That way they get this 'general idea' you are so keen on, plus 2 more specific pages.Neddyseagoon - talk 19:37, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Lists? The type is established by Capitoline Venus. If you'd google those words you'd find more examples, none precisely like any other: there are many more than two. You could make a stub on each example you find, if you like, and add a precis to the article. The overview is at Capitoline Venus, the type to which art historians refer the other examples. But, if each Venus with its own article is added to Category:Venus types, the category will collapse under its own weight into trivia. Lists reduce everything to uniform trivia. We're both concerned with building context. --Wetman 21:04, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Capitoline as is, with link to Iemini stub - a good compromise? And I'm not suggesting stubbing every single, say, Crouching Venus, just ones where something major could be stubbed off to relieve the main page (eg Lely Crouching Venus. Neddyseagoon - talk 23:23, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
Compromise? just link up any stubs you make, to be sure. Articles are never cannibalized to make stubs: cut and paste all the stubs you like without trashing the main text. A mild enough request. I'd have thought the page scarcely needed "relieving" yet, unless one's attention span were seriously damaged.
It didn't, and my apologies, but I've seen too many pages start off like that and get into a near irredemable mess (eg Venus de Medici, with parts on the Weddell Venus and half a dozen others).Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
The Venus de' Medici is a famous example of a type The Weddell Venus is of encyclopedic interest— rather than as one in a bulleted directory listing— as an example of the "Venus de' Medici type". Context is what one tries to provide. You seem very resistant: can this be utterly new to you? --Wetman 17:16, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

But imagine my surprise! when a connected series of paragraphs, each of which treated a single sculpture (some still too short), has been turned into a bulleted list! That's generally considered a step backwards: in general one tries to turn such lists into connected text.

Well, it didn't seem like they were getting longer any time soon, and so I felt that format was far more suited to it for now. Of course, when it can be made fuller, with a full paragraph (rather than 1/2 sentences) per statue, which then all link up into a thread (the connections seemed a bit bitty - were they in the order that they were acquired, or something else?), then they can be boosted up into a fully paragraphed format.Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
It was a step- backwards. The article was currently being worked on as you intervened: "any time soon" is quite unnecessary.--Wetman!

And then to see the illustrations shuffled into a foto-strip down one side, like a travel brochure!

Well, the right hand side is the only proper side for a bulleted list, otherwise the asterisks vanish. Plus you had section lines cutting over the Louvre example when it was where it was, which looked ugly, or at least you did on my web browser.Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
Precisely. Their was no need for a foto-strip except that text was now reduced to a bulleted list. --Wetman 17:16, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

How disheartening that you couldn't see why the Rubens was contrasted with the Lely Venus in a single screen shot— and yet felt competent to make these changes.

Oh, I did and can see how it was contrasted (whatever else we say, let us not denigrate each other's competence), but I felt the Rubens was more relevant right next to the part of the text on the Lely Venus - then you can see directly how Rubens came into contact with it - whilst the main Lely image had to stay at the top as the article's 'headline image'. The alternative in the article as it was seemed to be that the unenlightened user was questing around for which specific example the Rubens was linked to, a problem I felt needed remedying. I felt it more important to make that relation, than to have those 2 images together for comparison (which can be easily done by scrolling between the two.Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

An "Identification" subheading: am I to sense that "attribution" is not yet in your vocabulary?

It is in my vocabulary, and that would be a far better title, thank you - I was grasping around for one and happened to pick the wrong one ('to err is human...').Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

I shall painstakingly retain the good edits you've made when I have the heart to pull this together again. --Wetman 23:57, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Whatever happened to ' 'good faith edits'? If more info had gone into those paragraphs first time, they would not have appeared list-ish and not invited such an edit.Neddyseagoon - talk 10:11, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
You are simply getting an inkling of your discourtesy. Your good faith is not being questioned, but perhaps your self-confidence is less than warranted. --Wetman 17:16, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
PS I'm just copying this over to Talk:Capitoline Venus and Talk:Crouching Venus respectively, so others can chip in, and where I will continue discussing it, as I assume we both have it on our watchlists! :-) Neddyseagoon - talk 10:19, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
Not mine. I've had my fill for now, but shall return in a few months to pull these articles together again after you've moved on. You might do some reading in the interim to get that "general idea" you put in quotes. --Wetman 17:16, 4 December 2006 (UTC)


When my text was originally cut up to make this article, my usage BCE/CE was changed to BC/AD. I have returned it to my former convention, BCE/CE. --Wetman 08:04, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Inclusion of the Aphrodite of Menophantos[edit]

Is the Aphrodite of Menophantos truly an example of the Capitoline Venus? The hairdress is very different from the Capitoline, BM and Louvre examples. In his catalogue of the 'Praxiteles' exhibition currently held at the Louvre, Alain Pasquier distinguishes the Capitoline Venus from the Aphrodite of Troad, whose type is mentioned by the inscription by Menophantos. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 09:33, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Capitoline Venus-Louvre.jpg

The Capitoline Venus at the Louvre[edit]

Is this Capitoline Venus, photographed at the Louvre (right), the copy by Chinard that the article notes as at Compiègne? --Wetman (talk) 10:04, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Gut reaction is no, that looks like the antique sculpture courts, just checking their collections database. Neddyseagoon - talk 10:47, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
No, can't find it on - I still think it is another antique copy, rather than the Compiègne modern copy, but I can't find a way of confirming that as yet, short of popping over to Paris! Neddyseagoon - talk 10:58, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Guys, remember I almost live in the Louvre :-) This is Ma336 (see my picture here), currently replacing Ma335 in the Hall of the Caryatids (oddly enough, the other caption remained in place, but you check the identifier on the statue's back). Michon's Catalogue sommaire des marbres antiques states it was found in Anzio and belonged to the Campana Collection. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 18:46, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Ha! Whyn't I think of alerting Λέγετε. So, isn't it time for a Wikipedia article on Giampietro Campana (1808-1880), marchese di Cavelli? Quite a good start's been made here. At Anzio-Nettuno there was a villa of Nero's. The Borghese Gladiator was discovered at Nettuno. --Wetman (talk) 23:34, 26 March 2008 (UTC)