Venus Genetrix2020-07-14T09:41:40+00:00

Project Description

Venus Genetrix (1 Century A.D.)

The woman is portrayed.as she is about. to_undress, foreshadowing the nudity revealed by Praxiteles. Resting on her left leg, with her right foot placed behind and just touching the ground with the toes, she twists her body with a rapid motion, lifting the edge of her cloak from her shoulder. The transparent chiton allows the shape of her body to be discerned and, slipping down her left arm, bares her breast and shoulder. While the flexion of the torso is just hinted at, the monumentality of the statue derives from’ the preponderance of vertical folds in the fine drapery. Described by Antonio Nibby, the present statue is but_one of the innumerable copies of the Louvre—Naples Aphrodite, of which there is a Roman copy after a late Hellenistic variant in this room (no. 2). About 410 B.c. a versatile artist, who was a painter, gold- smith and bronze-founder, created one of the images that most promoted the popularity of Aphrodite (Venus for the Romans) as an object of devotion. His name was Callimachus and he worked in Athens at the time of the politician and general Nicias, whose disastrous expedition to Sicily in 415-413 gave rise to nostalgia for grandeur that was now impossible. The sculptor combines the clean-cut outlines with a taste for detail and perfect plastic equilibrium. Because of its subject and the precision of its execution in Pentelic marble, this statue‘is, in many respects, comparable to Canova’s Pauline

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