Fondazione Prada prepares to open its sculptural exhibition – 'Portable Classic' in its stunning Venitian venue this weekend as the Venice Biennale gets into full swing. The exhibition, which has been co-curated by Salvatore Settis and Davide Gasparotto, showcases more than 80 artworks that explore the world of miniature reproductions of classical sculptures. 

Sculpture in ancient Rome and modern Europe was a high art form and classic sculptures were highly prized, but hard to come by. Possessing iconic statues was a prestigious thing among well read art audiences and thus the replica craze began, because even owning a miniaturised classic was considered to be highly respectable. An example of this is the Farnese Hercules, displayed in a 317 cm high plaster cast exhibited next to a series of modern smaller-scale reproductions in marble, bronze and terracotta, measuring 15 to 130 cm, on display at the exhibition. 

The recently opened Milan Fondazione Prada is currently showing a similarly veined exhibition, 'Serial Classic' which focusses on the functions and conventions of classical Greek art. 

Fondazione Prada, Venice

Fondazione Prada, Venice

Fondazione Prada, Venice

Fondazione Prada, Venice

Fondazione Prada, Venice

Portable Classic will be on display at Fondazione Prada, Venice May 9 – September 13 2015