Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Aphrodite of Cnidus, marble sculpture

Photo: copy of ‘Aphrodite of Cnidus’, marble sculpture by Praxiteles of Athens who lived in the 4th century BC, restored by Italian sculptor Ippolito Buzzi (1562-1634) for Cardinal Ludovisi, Cnidus Aphrodite, currently located at National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Altemps, Rome, Italy. The sculpture is a Roman copy after a Greek original of the 4th century. Original elements in the statue are the torso and thighs and the restored elements are head, arms, legs, drapery and jug.

The Aphrodite of Cnidus, one of the most famous works of the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles and its copies, are sometimes referred to as the Venus Pudica (modest Venus), and its variants are the Venus de' Medici or the Capitoline Venus. It is claimed that Praxiteles used the courtesan Phryne as a model for the statue.

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