|IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE STATUE OF THE NUDE APHRODITE (VENUS),
The goddess of erotic love and beauty is reaching down in the act of unfastening her sandal, an association with purity and virtue, based upon an ancient Greek 3rd Century B.C. original. Her head is turned to the right and her hair is tied on top of her head. An unusually fine representation, sensuously carved in a translucent fine-grained marble.
This graceful bending pose of Aphrodite was very popular among Roman patrons, and is the product of the Hellenistic age, when Greek sculptors fully explored the subtleties and nuances of the human form in a full range of positions. The pose with its rolls at the waist produces a fleshiness that can not be realized in the more common standing types.
Aphrodite statuettes of this type were popular in Asia Minor, the Greek islands, and Roman Egypt (see Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, p. 99). For related examples see Adriani, Repertorio d'Arte dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, vol. II, pls. 58, figs. 179-182, and pl. 59, figs. 183-184, J. Marcadé, Au Musée de Délos, Paris, 1969, p. 509, pl. XLVII, and Bieber, op. cit., fig. 394. For a discussion of the prototype and a list of other examples see D. Brinkerhoff, Hellenistic Statues of Aphrodite, New York and London, 1978, pp. 70-97.
Ex Harounoff Family collection, Europe, 1950s.
Ca. 1st Century AD
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 2
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