Fragment of a Statue of Venus

A work made of marble.
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Date:

1st/2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This type of female torso—which depicts Venus (the Greek Aphrodite) wearing a sheer, revealing garment—was frequently used in the Roman world to represent the goddess in her role as genetrix, or mother. The statue type, which is likely based on an earlier Greek bronze statue of Aphrodite created by the sculptor Kallimachos, became popular after Julius Caesar, who claimed the goddess as his ancestress, dedicated a version of this statue in a temple to Venus Genetrix. This statue type was also used in portraits of Roman empresses, who, in producing future emperors, likened themselves to Venus as mothers of the imperial line.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Fragment of a Statue of Venus

Origin

Italy

Date

1 AD–200 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

68 × 33 × 20 cm (26 3/4 × 13 × 7 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1904.18

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