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Seán Hemingway, curator, Department of Greek and Roman Art, discusses early twentieth-century reproductions of works from Sir Arthur Evans's historic excavations of Minoan Crete and Heinrich Schliemann's Mycenaean Greece.
This lecture was recorded on September 9, 2011, in conjunction with the exhibition Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron & Son, on view May 17, 2011, through June 17, 2012.
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Marble statuette of Aphrodite
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 157
The figure is a reduced version of a type that is known in numerous Roman copies. The inscription on the base of our example gives the name Europa. She is best known as the princess carried off to Crete by Zeus in the form of a bull. Their children were Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Sarpedon. Thanks to depictions in vase-paintings, other representations are known of Europa standing and wrapped in a cloak, rather than seated on the back of a bull. The identity of the work, however, remains a subject of scholarly discussion.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Europa"
Richter, Gisela M.A. 1925. "Recent Accessions of Ancient Marbles." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 20(4): pp. 106-7, fig. 3.LIMC IV (1988), 76, no. 1a, s.v. Europe I (M. Robertson). Also ref. in LIMC II, 24, no.148
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