The most important work shown at Michelangelo Pistoletto’s solo exhibition in Oslo in 1986 was the Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags) from 1967, which consists of a statue of a female nude and a pile of rags. The article takes a closer look at this iconic Arte Povera sculpture, discussing its relationship to classical and neo-classical representations of Venus, and considering its status as a recycled work.