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Marble statue of Aphrodite, the so-called Venus Genetrix

Adaptation of work attributed to Kallimachos
Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1932
Accession Number:
32.11.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 153
Copy of a Greek bronze statue of the late 5th century B.C. attributed to Kallimachos

This goddess wears a sleeveless, ungirt chiton of thin clinging material that reveals every curve of her body. Her pose—between standing and walking—was developed by the sculptor Polykleitos in the mid-fifth century B.C. She originally lifted one edge of her himation (cloak) with her right hand and probably held an apple in the other.
Said to have been found in the Tiber River, Rome

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 251, fig. 175, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 251, fig. 175, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 92, 232, pl. 72b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 57, p.39, pl. 49, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, and Kyoto Municipal Museum. 1972. Treasured Masterpieces of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 35, fig. 35, Tokyo: Tokyo National Museum.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2003. Light on Stone: Greek and Roman Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Photographic Essay. p. 98, pls. 26-7, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 147, pp. 134, 433, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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