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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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Said to have been found in the Tiber River, Rome

  • References

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

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

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

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

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

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

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