Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos

A work made of marble.
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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

2nd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This statue was inspired by the most famous Greek sculpture of a goddess, the Aphrodite of Knidos. Carved by the sculptor Praxiteles in the 4th century B.C. from fine marble, it enjoyed great renown as the first devotional statue of a female goddess in the nude. It produced an immediate sensation when it was installed in a sacred precinct on the island of Knidos, and, centuries later, it inspired Roman artists to re-create the celebrated image of the goddess. Although the earlier Greek sculpture no longer exists, Roman statues such as this inform us of its likely appearance. However, the function of these later Roman versions was fundamentally different from that of the earlier Greek work: what had once been an object of veneration among the Greeks became a favorite garden ornament for wealthy Romans. Adapted for such a use, the badly marred surface of the statue is the result of prolonged exposure to the elements.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 154

Artist

Praxiteles

Title

Statue of the Aphrodite of Knidos

Origin

Piraeus

Date

101 AD–200 AD

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

168 × 57.2 × 42 cm (66 1/8 × 22 1/2 × 16 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1981.11

Extended information about this artwork

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