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Late Hellenistic Pentelic marble statue of Aphrodite Late Hellenistic Pentelic marble statue of Aphrodite
IMPORTANT LATE HELLENISTIC PENTELIC MARBLE TORSO OF APHRODITE

This superb near life-size goddess is nude except for a drapery which has fallen below her thighs and which she clasps with her legs.

1st Century BC

H. 44 in. (111 cm.); H. as mounted 48 in. (122 cm.)

Ex Chrissoveloni collection, England, acquired ca. 1962; American private collection, acquired from Royal-Athena in September 1999.

Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2000, no. 1.

Our Aphrodite, carved some fifty years after the Venus di Milo in the Louvre, has moved away from the earlier, heavier body type. Also unlike her famous predecessor, she was meant to be viewed from every angle, probably a sculpture to adorn a private home. Here we see a more lithe and supple figure. Her garment has slid further down to entirely expose this nubile creature to the admiration of the viewer. The modesty of Melos has become an illusion expressed in the almost coy fashion in which she presses her thighs together in an attempt to keep her garment from falling even further. Yet, her languid grace, the perfection of the gathered folds which, in their repeating V-shapes emphasize her femininity, and the tension of the fabric that pulls at her right knee, all suggest that she has not been surprised by our serendipitously catching her in a revealing moment, but that she has been waiting to surprise us.

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