Vale of Venus

Vale of Venus. Rousham. Photo by Nat Chard.
Vale of Venus. Rousham. Photo by Nat Chard.

Venus de Medici stands alone in the vale that takes her name at Rousham.

Naked and exposed, she feels the breeze coming off the river, feels the sun on her back but ­– with her chin lifted just a fraction  – she looks away,  towards something in the distance.