The 6-foot-tall Capitoline Venus, installed in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will be on display until Sept. 5. The statue was excavated from the buried ruins of an ancient building in Rome in the 1670s and given to the Capitoline Museum by Pope Benedict XIV in 1752. (Photograph by Rob Shelley)

The 6-foot-tall Capitoline Venus, installed in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will be on display until Sept. 5. The statue was excavated from the buried ruins of an ancient building in Rome in the 1670s and given to the Capitoline Museum by Pope Benedict XIV in 1752. (Photograph by Rob Shelley)