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Item Details
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Culture
Greece, Tarentum (Taranto, Italy), Hellenistic Period
Title
Aphrodite Torso
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
2nd-1st Century BC
Material
Thasian marble
Measurements
Overall: 66.3 x 36.2 cm (26 1/8 x 14 1/4 in.)
Description
No single sculpture in the history of Western art has been more influential than Praxiteles’s Knidian Aphrodite, carved in the 4th century BC. The first sculpted nude figure of the goddess of love, it became a famous tourist attraction and made Praxiteles a celebrity in the Greek world. The shocking originality of showing the goddess unaware that she had been seen emerging from her bath made a lasting impression. It became a prototype for generations of Greek and Roman sculptors. Its popularity inspired many variations, including this one. The sensitivity of the carving, seen to advantage in the wet hair falling on the shoulders, imparts a dynamic sensuality.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: GR - Greek
Department: Greek and Roman Art
Gallery: 102C Greek
Provenance: Jacob Hirsch
Friedrich L. von Gans, Frankfurt
Bachstitz Gallery
Herr Emden (Berlin and Villa Brissago, Switzerland)
Dr. Robert Kappeli, Lucerne, Switzerland
Jacob Hirsch; Friedrich L. von Gans; Bachstitz Gallery, 1921; Herr Emden (Berlin and Villa Brissag
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1988.9_full.tif
SSID
24619170

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